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Quadragesima

[kwod-ruh-jes-uh-muh] /ˌkwɒd rəˈdʒɛs ə mə/
noun
1.
the first Sunday in Lent.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima, short for Latin quadrāgēsima diēs fortieth day
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Quadragesima

/ˌkwɒdrəˈdʒɛsɪmə/
noun
1.
Also called Quadragesima Sunday. the first Sunday in Lent
2.
(obsolete) the forty days of Lent
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin quadrāgēsima dies the fortieth day
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Word Origin and History for Quadragesima
n.

c.1600, from Medieval Latin quadragesima (dies) "the fortieth (day)," altered diminutive of Latin quadrigesimus "fortieth," from quadriginta "forty," related to quattuor "four" (see four). Related: Quadragesimal.

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