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Tuesday, October 13

Famulus

[FAM-yə-ləs]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, mid 19th century

1.

An assistant or servant, especially one working for a magician or scholar.

Examples of Famulus in a sentence

"Salem disliked being referred to as Sabrina's famulus."

"The magician summoned a famulus to handle the heavy-duty work around the castle."

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About Famulus

While this noun originates from Latin, where "famulus" means "servant," it has since evolved to also reference being an assistant. If you are assisting your friend with a task, you might playfully refer to yourself as their famulus.

Did you Know?

If "famulus" sounds familiar, it might be because this word reminds you of the concept of a familiar — a magical companion often seen alongside witches and magic practitioners. While the most common familiar is the classic black cat, the toad is also a popular choice, especially in media.

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