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lares and penates

noun
1.
Lares and Penates, Roman Religion. the benevolent spirits and gods of the household.
2.
the cherished possessions of a family or household.
Origin
1765-1775
1765-75; < Latin Larēs (et) Penātēs
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lares and penates

/ˈlɛəriːz; ˈlɑː-/
plural noun
1.
(Roman myth)
  1. household gods
  2. statues of these gods kept in the home
2.
the valued possessions of a household
Word Origin
Latin
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