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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.
The simultaneous presence of the textual and the textile in the hendeca-syllable encourages a reading of Anatolia, Massimilla, and Violante as the Parcae, the Greek Fates who spin, measure, and cut the thread of a man's life.
Nona, a name corresponding to the number 9, was, in Roman mythology, one of the three Parcae, female figures associated with destiny; in their ninth month pregnant women would call upon her.
Thus, the Egyptian meskhen-t as "tablet of destiny," shau as "destiny," and Shait as Fate (goddess), the Sumerian NAM, the Greek Moirai, the Latin Parcae, etc.
De hecho, deriva su nombre de parere: crear, dar a luz, pero mas tarde el nombre fue asociado con pars, parte, cuyo equivalente griego es moira y termino identificandose con las Moiras griegas y aumentando su numero a tres, con funciones similares a las de aquellas (26), dandoseles, ademas de Parcae, el nombre de Fata (destino).
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).
12) "Tres sorores quae parcae dicuntur illae scilicet deae infernales quae singular fata dictare dicuntur .
Primitive civilizations assigned various identities to this "power or agency," ranging from the Moirai (Greek), the Parcae (Roman) and the Norns (Norse).
Ab hoc tempore quod tum pueris constituant Parcae fando, dictum fatum et res fatales.
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.
However, it seems likely that for him they unconsciously call to mind the Parcae, the three Fates who spin, draw, and cut the thread of life.