penetralia

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Noun[edit]

penetralia (plural only)

  1. The innermost, secret or hidden parts.
  2. The innermost parts of a building, such as a shrine, recess or a sanctuary within a temple.
    • 1748, Tobias George Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random
      I believe, had I been in the inmost recesses of my habitation--the very penetralia--your eagerness would have surmounted bolts, bars, decency, and everything.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, Volume the Second, page 5 (ISBN 1857150570)
      He wished to be what he called "safe" with all those whom he had admitted to the penetralia of his house and heart.

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Adjective[edit]

penētrālia

  1. nominative neuter plural of penētrālis
  2. accusative neuter plural of penētrālis
  3. vocative neuter plural of penētrālis