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(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) a communal meal for youths and men
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the practice or custom, as among the ancient Spartans and Cretans, of eating the main meal of the day together in public to strengthen social and political bonds.See also: Food and Nutrition, Greece and Greeks, Society
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