- an ancient city in SW Italy, on the coast of Campania: believed to be the earliest Greek colony in Italy or in Sicily.
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Examples from the Web for cumaean
The Cumaean Sibyl has prophesied that Rome will possess the earth.Historical Miniatures
They are famous in legend as the seat of the oracle of the Cumaean Sibyl.
A most mystic epistle truly, and closes in a vein of poetry worthy of the Cumaean sibyl.Guy Mannering, or The Astrologer, Complete, Illustrated
Sir Walter Scott
The prophetic rage of the Cumaean Sibyl displays in the strongest colours the enthusiasm of the poet.The Lives Of The Twelve Caesars, Complete
C. Suetonius Tranquillus
Colonel Deacon, who listened to her every word as to the utterance of a Cumaean oracle, laughed with extraordinary approbation.Tales of Chinatown
- the oldest Greek colony in Italy, founded about 750 bc near Naples
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Word Origin and History for cumaean
1731, from Latin Cumae (Greek Kyme), ancient city on the Italian coast near Naples, founded by Greeks 8c. B.C.E.; especially famous for the Sybil there, mentioned by Virgil.
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