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Related to Penates: Capitoline Triad
pl.n. Roman Mythology
The Roman gods of the household, tutelary deities of the home and of the state, whose cult was closely connected and often identified with that of the Lares.
[Latin Penātēs, from penus, foodstuff, interior of a house.]
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(Classical Myth & Legend) See lares and penates
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Pe•na•tes(pəˈneɪ tiz, -ˈnɑ-)
(sometimes l.c.) the tutelary deities of the family larder in ancient Rome.
[1505–15; < Latin Penātēs, akin to penus stock of provisions]
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