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venationes (pl) (noun)
Hunts involving the slaughter of animals, especially fierce ones, by other animals or by human bestiarii or fighters of wild beasts and, sometimes of criminals by animals which were a major spectacle in Rome from 186 B.C.: "The venationes supposedly displayed the ingenuity and generosity of a sponsoring politician, and the reach of Rome and its power over nature, in procuring exotic species (lions, panthers, bears, bulls, crocodiles, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, and elephants)."
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