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prytaneum

[prit-n-ee-uh m] /ˌprɪt nˈi əm/
noun
1.
a public building in ancient Greece, containing the symbolic hearth of the community and commonly resembling a private dwelling in plan, used as a community meeting place and as a lodging for guests of the community.
Origin of prytaneum
1590-1600
1590-1600; < Latin prytanēum < Greek prytaneîon, akin to prýtanis prince, ruler, chief
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prytaneum

/ˌprɪtəˈniːəm/
noun (pl) -nea (-ˈniːə)
1.
the public hall of a city in ancient Greece
Word Origin
Latin, from Greek prutaneion, from prutanis, prutaneus
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