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[kahr-thij] /ˈkɑr θɪdʒ/
an ancient city-state in N Africa, near modern Tunis: founded by the Phoenicians in the middle of the 9th century b.c.; destroyed in 146 b.c. in the last of the Punic Wars.
a town in central Missouri.
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[kahr-thuh-jin-ee-uh n] /ˌkɑr θəˈdʒɪn i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
pseudo-Carthaginian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • In Africa, we know, they founded the colonies of Utica and Carthage.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • The boldest keels of Phœnicia and Carthage had not approached its shores.

  • The usual names of Rome, Tyre, and Carthage, were not their true and secret names.

    The Phantom World Augustin Calmet
  • The festivals of Carthage were said to be similar to those of Eleusis.

  • They never went to the shows that came to the Carthage Opera House.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • The following Sunday three of the Carthage preachers attacked the tango.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • "About five cents a week," said Serina, who did not approve of Carthage.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • And in Carthage two dollars is two dollars, at the very least.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
British Dictionary definitions for Carthage


an ancient city state, on the N African coast near present-day Tunis. Founded about 800 bc by Phoenician traders, it grew into an empire dominating N Africa and the Mediterranean. Destroyed and then rebuilt by Rome, it was finally razed by the Arabs in 697 ad See also Punic Wars
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Word Origin and History for Carthage

ancient city of North Africa, from Phoenician quart khadash "new town." Related: Carthaginian.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Carthage in Culture
Carthage [(kahr-thij)]

An ancient city in north Africa, established by traders from Phoenicia. Carthage was a commercial and political rival of Rome for much of the third and second centuries b.c. The Carthaginian general Hannibal attempted to capture Rome by moving an army from Spain through the Alps, but he was prevented and finally defeated in his own country. At the end of the Punic Wars, the Romans destroyed Carthage, as the senator Cato had long urged. The character Dido, lover of Aeneas in the Aeneid, was a queen of Carthage.

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