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decuman

[dek-yoo-muh n] /ˈdɛk yʊ mən/
adjective
1.
large or immense, as a wave.
2.
(in ancient Rome) of or pertaining to the tenth cohort of a legion.
noun
3.
Also called decuman gate. (in ancient Rome) the main gate of a military camp, facing away from the enemy and near which the tenth cohort of the legion was usually stationed.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Latin decumānus, decimānus of the tenth, large, equivalent to decim(us) tenth (see decimate) + -ānus -an
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