Definition of manes in US English:

manes

plural noun

  • (in ancient Roman belief) the souls of dead ancestors, worshiped as benevolent spirits.

    • ‘There is no greater sinner than that man who, though not worshipping the gods or the manes seeks to increase the bulk of his own flesh by the flesh of other beings.’
    spectre, phantom, wraith, spirit, soul, shadow, presence
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Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation

manes

/ˈmänāz//ˈmɑneɪz/