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Penates

[puh-ney-teez, -nah-] /pəˈneɪ tiz, -ˈnɑ-/
plural noun, Roman Religion
1.
gods who watched over the home or community to which they belonged: originally, two deities of the storeroom.
Also, penates.
Compare Lares.
Origin
1505-1515
1505-15; < Latin Penātēs, akin to penus stock of provisions
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British Dictionary definitions for penate

penates

/pəˈnɑːtiːz/
plural noun
Word Origin
Latin
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Word Origin and History for penate

penates

n.

Roman household gods, 1510s, from Latin penates "gods of the inside of the house," related to penatus "sanctuary of a temple" (especially that of Vesta), cognate with penitus "within" (see penetrate).

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