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lemures

lemures lĕm´ərās˝, –yərēz˝ [key], in Roman religion, vampirelike ghosts of the dead also called larvae. To exorcise these malevolent spirits from the home, the Romans held rites, the Lemuria (May 9, 11, 13).

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