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[mit-l-ee-nee; Greek mee-tee-lee-nee]
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  1. Also called Lesbos. a Greek island in the NE Aegean. 836 sq. mi. (2165 sq. km).
  2. Also called Kastro. the capital of this island.
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Historical Examples

  • In Lesbos near Mytilene there was a great estate of a great noble.

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  • He distinguished himself at the storming of Mytilene, and afterwards served in Cilicia.

  • Thus Mytilene escaped destruction by a hair's-breadth, and Athens was saved from committing a great crime.

  • From here it is two days' journey to the island of Mytilene, and there are Jewish congregations in ten localities on the island.

  • Let all things smile on Ageanax to Mytilene sailing, and may he come to a friendly haven.

British Dictionary definitions for mytilene


  1. a port on the Greek island of Lesbos: Roman remains; Byzantine fortress. Pop: (municipality): 37 881 (2001)Modern Greek name: Mitilíni
  2. a former name for Lesbos
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