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Genius Loci

(Latin). The tutelary deity of a place.

“In the midst of this wreck of ancient books and utensils, with a gravity equal to [that of] Marius among the ruins of Carthage, sat a large black cat, which, to a superstitious eye, might have presented the genius loci, the tutelar demon of the apartment.” —Sir W. Scott: The Antiquary, chap. iii.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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