One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An assistant or servant, especially one working for a magician or scholar.
attendant, retainerView synonyms
- ‘Gershom Scholem has pointed out that the Golem himself functions as a Famulus (servant), a tradition arising with 15th- or 16-century Jewish folktales.’
- ‘A famulus or famula was a household servant or hand-maid, slave or free. In some ways they were considered members of the larger family.’
Mid 19th century: from Latin, ‘servant’.
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