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Date: 1100-1200
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: cardinalis, from Late Latin ( CARDINAL2);
Sense: 2
Origin: from the color of a cardinal's clothing

cardinal

1 noun
     
cardinal
Related topics: Numbers, Christianity
car‧di‧nal1 [countable]
1RRC a priest of high rank in the Roman Catholic Church
2 a North American bird. The male is a bright red colour
3HMN a cardinal number

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