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pl.n. Roman Mythology
The Fates.

[Latin; see perə- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n, sing Parca (ˈpɑːkə)
(Classical Myth & Legend) the Parcae the Roman goddesses of fate. Greek counterparts: the Moirai


(ˈpɑr si, -kaɪ), sing. -ca (-kə).
the three Fates of ancient Rome.
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Noun1.Parcae - any of the three Roman goddesses of fate or destiny; identified with the Greek Moirai and similar to the Norse Norns
Roman deity - a deity worshipped by the ancient Romans


[ˈpɑːkiː] NPL the Parcaelas Parcas
References in classic literature ?
We worship not the Graces, nor the Parcae, but Fashion.
This comparison is strengthened by the images painted onto the porticoes of Trimalchio's house: the procession of the gods Mercury, Minerva, Fortuna and the Parcae, with Trimalchio in the place traditionally reserved for magistrates, echoes the procession usually held by the munerarius before the munera.
They are the Fates, the Moerae, the Parcae, or the Norns, the third of whom is called Atropos, the inexorable (296).
Primitive civilizations assigned various identities to this "power or agency," ranging from the Moirai (Greek), the Parcae (Roman) and the Norns (Norse).
The latter are specially significant in relation to the Fata and fairies, since in Sturluson's Edda the three Norns were described in terms perfectly parallel to the Latin Parcae.