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novena

[noh-vee-nuh, nuh-] /noʊˈvi nə, nə-/
noun, plural novenae
[noh-vee-nee, nuh-] /noʊˈvi ni, nə-/ (Show IPA),
novenas. Roman Catholic Church
1.
a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services.
Origin
1850-1855
1850-55; < Medieval Latin novēna, noun use of feminine singular of Latin novēnus nine each
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novena

/nəʊˈviːnə/
noun (pl) -nas, -nae (-niː)
1.
(RC Church) a devotion consisting of prayers or services on nine consecutive days
Word Origin
C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin novem nine
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novena

n.

1745, from Medieval Latin novena, fem. of Latin novenus "ninefold," from novem "nine" (see nine). Devotions consisting of special prayers or services on nine successive days.

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