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Topic: DAILY LIFE

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Latin
Origin: orbis 'wheel, circle'

orb

noun
     
orb [countable]
1 literaryD a bright ball-shaped object, especially the sun or the moon:
the red orb of the sun
2PGO a ball decorated with gold, carried by a king or queen on formal occasions as a sign of power
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