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  1. Lucius An·nae·us [uh-nee-uh s] /əˌni əs/, c4 b.c.–a.d. 65, Roman philosopher and writer of tragedies.
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British Dictionary definitions for lucius annaeus seneca


  1. plural -cas or -ca a member of a North American Indian people formerly living south of Lake Ontario; one of the Iroquois peoples
  2. the language of this people, belonging to the Iroquoian family

Word Origin

C19: from Dutch Sennecaas (plural), probably of Algonquian origin


  1. Lucius Annaeus (əˈniːəs), called the Younger. ?4 bc –65 ad, Roman philosopher, statesman, and dramatist; tutor and adviser to Nero. He was implicated in a plot to murder Nero and committed suicide. His works include Stoical essays on ethical subjects and tragedies that had a considerable influence on Elizabethan drama
  2. his father, Marcus (ˈmɑːkəs) or Lucius Annaeus, called the Elder or the Rhetorician. ?55 bc –?39 ad, Roman writer on oratory and history
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Word Origin and History for lucius annaeus seneca


1610s, from Dutch Sennecas, collective name for the Iroquois tribes of what became upper New York, of uncertain origin, perhaps from a Mahican name for the Oneida or their village. Earlier sinnekens, senakees; form probably influenced by the name of the ancient Roman philosopher.

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