from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place.
- noun The guardian deity of a place.
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- noun The
spiritor one of the spirits presidingover or guardinga particular place, such as a gladeor pool.
- noun The
geist, distinctive atmosphere, or characteristic spiritof a place, especially when regarded as an artistic muse.
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- noun the special atmosphere of a place
- noun the guardian spirit of a place
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
[Latin genius locī : genius, spirit + locī, genitive sing. of locus, place.]
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From Latin genius ("lar") + locī ("of (a) place"), genitive singular form of locus ("place”, “location") = “(guardian) spirit of a place”.
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