Pronunciation: (hel'ut, hē'lut), [key]
1. a member of the lowest class in ancient Laconia, constituting a body of serfs who were bound to the land and were owned by the state. Cf. Perioeci, Spartiate.
2. (l.c.) a serf or slave; bondman.
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