nu·men (nmən, ny-)
n. pl. nu·mi·na (-mə-nə)
1. A presiding divinity or spirit of a place.
2. A spirit believed by animists to inhabit certain natural phenomena or objects.
3. Creative energy; genius.
[Latin nūmen, nod of the head, divine power, numen.]
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