decemvir

decemvir

[dih-sem-ver]
noun, plural decemvirs, decemviri [dih-sem-vuh-rahy] .
1.
a member of a permanent board or a special commission of ten members in ancient Rome, especially the commission that drew up Rome's first code of law.
2.
a member of any council or ruling body of ten.

Origin:
1570–80; < Latin, orig. plural decemvirī, equivalent to decem ten + virī men

decemviral, adjective
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decemvir (dɪˈsɛmvə)
 
n , pl -virs, -viri
1.  (in ancient Rome) a member of a board of ten magistrates, esp either of the two commissions established in 451 and 450 bc to revise the laws
2.  a member of any governing body composed of ten men
 
[C17: from Latin, from decem ten + virī men]
 
de'cemviral
 
adj

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