a Roman goddess, who is said to have been worshipped that she might ripen the corn, and prevent its being burnt in baking in the oven. (Fornax.
) Her festival, the Fornacalia, was announced by the curio maximus. (Ov. Fast. 2.525
, &c.; Festus, s. v. Fornacalia.
) Hartung (die Relig. d. Röm.
vol. ii. p. 107) considers her to be identical with Vesta. (Dict. of Ant. s. v. Fornacalia.