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latifundium

[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh m] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di əm/
noun, plural latifundia
[lat-uh-fuhn-dee-uh] /ˌlæt əˈfʌn di ə/ (Show IPA).
Roman History
1.
a great estate.
Origin
1620-1630
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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British Dictionary definitions for latifundium

latifundium

/ˌlætɪˈfʌndɪəm/
noun (pl) -dia (-dɪə)
1.
a large agricultural estate, esp one worked by slaves in ancient Rome
Word Origin
C17: from Latin lātus broad + fundus farm, estate
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Encyclopedia Article for latifundium

latifundia

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

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