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Aegean

[ih-jee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to the Aegean Sea or Islands.
  2. pertaining to or denoting the prehistoric civilization that preceded the historic Hellenic period and flourished on the various islands and nearby regions of the Aegean Sea, as at Crete and Argolis.
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noun
  1. the. Aegean Sea.
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Origin of Aegean

< Latin Aegae(us) (< Greek Aigaîos) + -an

Aegean Sea

noun
  1. an arm of the Mediterranean Sea between Greece and Turkey.
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Also called the Aegean.
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British Dictionary definitions for aegean

Aegean

adjective
  1. of or relating to the Aegean Sea or Islands
  2. of or relating to the Bronze Age civilization of Greece, Asia Minor, and the Aegean Islands
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Aegean Sea

noun
  1. an arm of the Mediterranean between Greece and Turkey
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Word Origin and History for aegean

Aegean

sea between Greece and Asia Minor, 1570s, traditionally named for Aegeus, father of Theseus, who threw himself to his death in it when he thought his son had perished; but perhaps from Greek aiges "waves," a word of unknown origin.

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aegean in Culture

Aegean Sea

[(i-jee-uhn)]

An arm of the Mediterranean Sea off southeastern Europe between Greece and Turkey.

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Note

This sea was a main trade route for the ancient civilizations of Crete, Greece, Rome, and Persia (now Iran).
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