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- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈɡenius ˈlokiː/
- (US) enPR: gĕʹnĭo͝os' lōʹki, jēʹniəs lōʹkī, jēʹniəs lōʹsī, IPA(key): /ˈɡɛnɪˌʊs ˈloʊki/, /ˈd͡ʒiniəs ˈloʊkaɪ/, /ˈd͡ʒiniəs ˈloʊsaɪ/
- The spirit or one of the spirits presiding over or guarding a particular place, such as a glade or pool.
- The geist, distinctive atmosphere, or characteristic spirit of a place, especially when regarded as an artistic muse.
- The c in loci is usually hard (pronounced k), retaining pronunciatory similarity with locorum and with the related noun locus.
- The plural form genii loci is used for multiple spirits of a single place, whereas genii locorum refers to multiple spirits of multiple places; the rare related singular noun genius locorum refers to a single spirit having presidency or guardianship over multiple places.
- “Oxford English Dictionary [2nd Ed.; 1989] , listed in the
Pronounced: /ˈgɛnɪˌʊs ˈloʊki; Eng. ˈd͡ʒiniəs ˈloʊsaɪ, -kaɪ/.
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