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penetralia

[pen-i-trey-lee-uh] /ˌpɛn ɪˈtreɪ li ə/
plural noun
1.
the innermost parts or recesses of a place or thing.
2.
the most private or secret things.
Origin
1660-1670
1660-70; < Latin, noun use of neuter plural of penetrālis inner, equivalent to penetr(āre) to penetrate + -ālis -al1
Related forms
penetralian, adjective
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Examples for penetralia
  • These rooms which were once the penetralia of our homes, necessary but ignored, are now show places.
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penetralia

/ˌpɛnɪˈtreɪlɪə/
plural noun
1.
the innermost parts
2.
secret matters
Derived Forms
penetralian, adjective
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from penetrālis inner, from penetrāre to penetrate
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