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n. pl. fam·u·li (-lī′)
A private secretary or other close attendant.

[German, from Latin.]
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n, pl -li (-ˌlaɪ)
(Alternative Belief Systems) (formerly) the attendant of a sorcerer or scholar
[C19: from Latin: servant]
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(ˈfæm yə ləs)

n., pl. -li (-ˌlaɪ)
a private secretary or attendant.
[1830–40; < Latin: servant, slave; compare family]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.famulus - a close attendant (as to a scholar)
attendant, attender, tender - someone who waits on or tends to or attends to the needs of another
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One of the most gifted famuli seems to be stem cells, primitive organisms with an amazing capacity for self-renewal and specialization.
(38) <<Haec igitur omnia retineamus, dilectissimi, ac domun reversi duplicem mensam apponamus, unam ciborum, alteram sacrae lectionis: et vir quidem ea quae dicta sunt repelat, uxor autem ediscat, audiant liberi, neque famuli ea lectione fraudentur.
Para isso, ele aproveitou-se das iniciais dos versos em latim da seguinte estrofe de um hino cantado em louvor ao santo catolico Joao Batista: "Ut quant laxis / Resonare fibris / Mira gestorum / Famuli tuorum / Solve polluti / Labii reatum / Sancte Iohannes" (Para que teus servos / Possam, das entranhas / Flautas ressoar / Teus feitos admiraveis / Absolve o pecado / Desses labios impuros / O Sao Joao).
Copta Rhodiaca peccantis famuli pugno ne percute dentes: Clara Rhodos coptam quam tibi misit edat.
(7) The Risorgimento culture produced some far-reaching nationalistic appropriations of Vico's ideas, (8) of which Vincenzo Gioberti's own use of Vico's distinction between the different peoples forming the original nation (the "fathers" on one side and the vernae or famuli, on the other--those weaker men who put themselves under the protection of the fathers) and Giandomenico Romagnosi's idea of etnicarchia, or the principle of nationality as naturally given, perhaps constitute the most notable examples.