from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A fertility festival in ancient Rome, celebrated on February 15 in honor of the pastoral god Lupercus.
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- proper n. An ancient pastoral festival observed in mid-February to avert evil spirits and purify the city.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n.pl. A feast of the Romans in honor of Lupercus, or Pan.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- One of the most ancient of Roman festivals, celebrated every year in the middle of February.
Latin Lupercālia, from Lupercus, Roman god of flocks.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)