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sat·ur·na·li·a  audio  (str-nl-, -nly) KEY 

pl.n.
  1. Saturnalia The ancient Roman seven-day festival of Saturn, which began on December 17.
  2. (used with a sing. verb) A celebration marked by unrestrained revelry and often licentiousness; an orgy.

ETYMOLOGY:
Latin Sturnlia, from neuter pl. of Sturnlis, Saturnian, from Sturnus, Saturn ; see Saturn


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