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[hur-kyuh-ley-nee-uh m]
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  1. an ancient city in SW Italy, on the Bay of Naples: buried along with Pompeii by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a.d. 79; partially excavated.
Related formsHer·cu·la·ne·an, Her·cu·la·nen·sian [hur-kyuh-luh-nen-shuh n, -see-uh n] /ˌhɜr kyə ləˈnɛn ʃən, -si ən/, adjective
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  1. an ancient city in SW Italy, of marked Greek character, on the S slope of Vesuvius: buried along with Pompeii by an eruption of the volcano (79 ad). Excavation has uncovered well preserved streets, houses, etc
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