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1. A roman officer who controlled or superintended a particular command, charge, department, etc.; as, the prefect of the aqueducts; the prefect of a camp, of a fleet, of the city guard, of provisions; the pretorian prefect, who was commander of the troops guarding the emperor's person.

2. A superintendent of a department who has control of its police establishment, together with extensive powers of municipal regulation.

3. In the greek and roman Catholic churches, a title of certain dignitaries below the rank of bishop. Apostolic prefect, the head of a mission, not of episcopal rank.

Origin: L. Praefectus, fr. Praefectus, p. P. Of praeficere to set over; prae = before _ facere = to make: cf. F. Prefet.

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Evolution of itch

... evolved to drive off the potentially-nasty bug before it has time to bite or lay eggs or do other unwanted stuff. So, all this may or may not make prefect sense and seem obvious, but my real question is: has anyone actually proved itching to protect us from arthropods or perhaps something else? ...

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