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[hel-uh-spont] /ˈhɛl əˌspɒnt/
ancient name of the Dardanelles.
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[hel-uh-spon-tin, -tahyn] /ˌhɛl əˈspɒn tɪn, -taɪn/ (Show IPA),
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  • When love has to breast the Hellespont it feels its most impassioned thrill.

    The Hunted Outlaw Anonymous
  • This done, the rest of the generals hastened back to the Hellespont.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Some were already in the Hellespont, where they had been left as guardships by Pasippidas, or else at Antandrus.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Agesilaus resolved to act upon it, and despatched Lysander to the Hellespont.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • Such was the state of affairs in the Hellespont, so far at least as Athens and Sparta are concerned.

    Hellenica Xenophon
  • By the way, who was the fellow that swam the Hellespont for love of a young lady?

  • Nay, I have heard further that he sent branders also with them to brand the Hellespont.

  • It is still to be seen to the north of the embouchure of the Hellespont.

  • To-morrow, he adds, his vessels shall float on the Hellespont.

  • The Hellespont itself was, of course, one principal point of danger.

    Xerxes Jacob Abbott
British Dictionary definitions for Hellespont


the ancient name for the Dardanelles
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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