Definition of lemures in US English:


plural noun

  • (in ancient Roman belief) the restless spirits of the dead, which were considered frightening or troublesome and had to be appeased with household rituals.

    • ‘The lemures were propitiated during the nine-day Lemuria festival in May.’
    • ‘Once the celebrant had come full circle, he would wash his hands thoroughly, then he would beat brass pans together, making as much noise as possible so as to bid the lemures good-bye.’