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Opifex is a Latin word meaning artisan or manufacturer and referring to a worker who created something. The word is derived from the Latin words opus ("work" or "thing") and facio ("to make"); the plural form is opifices.
The word is used in the Latin for St Joseph the Worker, Sanctus Josephus Opifex, celebrated in the Roman Catholic Church on May 1st.
Andrew Marvell uses the phrase "opifex horti" in his neo-Latin poem "Hortus" (l. 49) to refer to the gardener.
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