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ancilla

[an-sil-uh] /ænˈsɪl ə/
noun, plural ancillas.
1.
an accessory; auxiliary or adjunct.
2.
Archaic. a maidservant.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75; < Latin: female slave, maid, probably anc- + -illa diminutive suffix, by reanalysis of ancula maid < *anquola, equivalent to an- (see ancile) + *-quola, noun derivative of a v. base *quel- turn about, hence “one who circles around”; cognate with Greek amphípolos attendant
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