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Meaning of ancile

an•ci•le

Pronunciation: (an-sī'lē, äng-kē'lā), [key]
— pl. an•cil•i•a
  1. a shield given by Mars to Numa Pompilius as the palladium of Rome.
  2. any of 11 counterfeits of this shield, carried with it on ceremonial occasions.
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