Qui*ri"tes (?), n. pl. [L., fr. Cures, a Sabine town.] Rom. Antiq.
⇒ After the Sabines and Romans had united themselves into one community, under Romulus, the name of Quirites was taken in addition to that of Romani, the Romans calling themselves in a civil capacity Quirites, while in a political and military capacity they retained the name of Romani.
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