latifundia

latifundium

[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uhm]
noun, plural latifundia [lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh] . Roman History.
a great estate.

Origin:
1620–30; < Latin, equivalent to lāt(us) wide, broad + -i- -i- + fund(us) a piece of land, farm, estate + -ium -ium

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latifundium (ˌlætɪˈfʌndɪəm)
 
n , pl -dia
a large agricultural estate, esp one worked by slaves in ancient Rome
 
[C17: from Latin lātus broad + fundus farm, estate]

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latifundia

any large ancient Roman agricultural estate that used a large number of peasant or slave labourers.

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