lares-penates

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:
1765–75; < Latin Larēs (et) Penātēs

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lares and penates (ˈlɛəriːz, ˈlɑː-)
 
pl n
1.  Roman myth
 a.  household gods
 b.  statues of these gods kept in the home
2.  the valued possessions of a household
 
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