Pronunciation: (per"ē-ē'sī), [key]
—sing. -cusPronunciation: (-kus). [key]
the inhabitants of ancient Laconia, constituting a dependent people of Sparta, who governed themselves and had a monopoly on trade and manufacture. Cf. Helot (def. 1), Spartiate.
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