"familiars" in the noun sense
a person attached to the household of a high official (as a pope or bishop) who renders service in return for support
2. companion, comrade, fellow, familiar, associate
a friend who is frequently in the company of another
"comrades in arms"
3. familiar, familiar spirit
a spirit (usually in animal form) that acts as an assistant to a witch or wizard
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