Origin of genius lociL, the (guardian) spirit of a place
- The distinctive atmosphere or pervading spirit of a place.
- The guardian deity of a place.
Origin of genius lociLatin genius locī genius spirit locī genitive sing. of locus place
(plural genii loci or genii locorum)
- 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.