Diffarreation

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In Ancient Rome, diffarreation (from Lat dif- + farreum, a spelt-cake[1]) was a form of divorce in which a cake was used. Diffarreation was properly the dissolving of marriages contracted by confarreation, which were those of the pontifices. Festus says it was performed with a wheaten cake; and that it was called diffarreation from far, "wheat". Vigenère claims that confarreation and diffarreation are the same thing.[2]

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  1. ^ "diffarreation". Oxford English Dictionary (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. September 2005.  (Subscription or UK public library membership required.)
  2. ^  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChambers, Ephraim, ed. (1728). "article name needed". Cyclopædia, or an Universal Dictionary of Arts and Sciences (first ed.). James and John Knapton, et al.