januses

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Janus [(jay-nuhs)]

The Roman god of doors and gateways and hence of beginnings.

Note: Janus was pictured with two faces looking in opposite directions, one young and one old. Consequently, a hypocritical person is often called “Janus-faced.”
Note: The month of January is named after Janus.
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