decemvirs


decemvirs

< /dɪˈsɛm vəˌraɪ/.

  1. a member of a permanent board or a special commission of ten members in ancient Rome, especially the commission that drew up Rome’s first code of law.
  2. a member of any council or ruling body of ten.

noun plural -virs or -viri (-vɪˌriː)

  1. (in ancient Rome) a member of a board of ten magistrates, esp either of the two commissions established in 451 and 450 bc to revise the laws
  2. a member of any governing body composed of ten men

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