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Middle English from Latin sing. of decemvirī commission of ten men decem ten dekm̥ in Indo-European roots virī pl. of vir man wī-ro- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Latin decem, "ten", and vir, "man".
Her beauty attracted the notice of the decemvir Appius Claudius, who instructed Marcus Claudius, one of his clients, to claim her as his slave.
He was soon, however, recalled to Rome by Trajan, and appointed to the offices of decemvir stlitibus judicandis, praefectus feriarum Latinarum, and sevir turmae equitum Romanorum.
His character, like his namesake the decemvir's is not easy to define.
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