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Terminus

terminus
Origin: L. See Term.
1. Literally, a boundary; a border; a limit.
2. The roman divinity who presided over boundaries, whose statue was properly a short pillar terminating in the bust of a man, woman, satyr, or the like, but often merely a post or stone stuck in the ground on a boundary line.
3. Hence, any post or stone marking a boundary; a term. See Term.
4. Either end of a railroad line; also, the station house, or the town or city, at that place.


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