One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An aggregate or set of nine.
Relating to, consisting of, or based on the number nine.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in William Harrison (1535–1593), historian and topographer. From classical Latin novēnārius consisting of nine, in post-classical Latin also as noun, set of nine, and (in neuter form novenarium) set of prayers for nine days, novena from novem nine + -ārius.
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