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Originally appearing in Volume V10, Page 159 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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FAMILY, a word of which the etymology but partially illustrates the meaning. The Roman familia, derived from the Oscan famel (serous), originally signified the servile property, the thralls, of a master. Next, the term denoted other domestic property, in things as well as in persons. Thus, in the fifth of the laws of the Twelve Tables, the rules are laid down: sI INTESTATO • MORITUR CUI SUUS • HERES • NEC SIT • ADGNATUS FAMA-
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FAMINE (Lat. fames, hunger)

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