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colonus

[kuh-loh-nuh s] /kəˈloʊ nəs/
noun, plural coloni
[kuh-loh-nahy, -nee] /kəˈloʊ naɪ, -ni/ (Show IPA)
1.
a serf in the latter period of the Roman Empire or in the early feudal period.
Origin of colonus
1885-1890
1885-90; < Latin colōnus inhabitant of a colony, tenant-farmer, farmer, derivative of colere to inhabit, till, cultivate; cf. cult, cultivate
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  • These tenant farmers, eventually known as coloni, saw their condition steadily erode.

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