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Carthage

[kahr-thij] /ˈkɑr θɪdʒ/
noun
1.
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.
2.
a town in central Missouri.
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Carthaginian
[kahr-thuh-jin-ee-uh n] /ˌkɑr θəˈdʒɪn i ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
pseudo-Carthaginian, adjective, noun
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  • This, however, was because the foreigners had missed advantages of carthaginian standards.

    In a Little Town Rupert Hughes
  • He, a descendant of the companion of Aeneas, to fear the carthaginian sword!

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne
  • "Perolla is a good carthaginian to-day," shouted one of his fellows.

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  • Surely this could not be the carthaginian method of announcing judgment or execution!

    The Lion's Brood

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  • And yet, in one sense, she was better fitted than they to understand the carthaginian.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne
  • The carthaginian groaned, and his hold relaxed for a moment.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne
  • In the carthaginian senate, however, he found the case very different.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • On the subject of complying with this request there was a great debate in the carthaginian senate.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
  • The suffetes were the supreme executive officers of the carthaginian commonwealth.

    Hannibal Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for carthaginian

Carthaginian

/ˌkɑːθəˈdʒɪnɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Carthage or its inhabitants
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Carthage

Carthage

/ˈkɑːθɪdʒ/
noun
1.
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 carthaginian

Carthage

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

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carthaginian 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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