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One entry found for February.
Main Entry: Feb·ru·ary
Pronunciation: primarystressfeb-(y)schwa-secondarystresswer-emacron, primarystressfeb-rschwa-
Function: noun
Etymology: Old English Februarius "February," from Latin Februarius "February," literally, "of Februa," from Februa "feast of cleansing"
: the second month of the year
Word History In the winter of each year the ancient Romans would celebrate a festival of spiritual cleansing. The name of the festival was Februa. Because of its importance the Romans named the month in which it fell Februarius, which means "of Februa." The English name February comes from the Latin Februarius.

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