novenas

novena

[noh-vee-nuh, nuh-]
noun, plural novenae [noh-vee-nee, nuh-] , novenas. Roman Catholic Church.
a devotion consisting of nine separate days of prayers or services.

Origin:
1850–55; < Medieval Latin novēna, noun use of feminine singular of Latin novēnus nine each

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novena (nəʊˈviːnə)
 
n , pl -nas, -nae
RC Church a devotion consisting of prayers or services on nine consecutive days
 
[C19: from Medieval Latin, from Latin novem nine]

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