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Ptolemy II

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noun
  1. surnamed Philadelphus, 309?–247? b.c., king of Egypt 285–247? (son of Ptolemy I).

Attalus II

noun
  1. Philadelphus, king of Pergamum c159–138 b.c.
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Historical Examples

  • Philadelphus syringa, or Mock Orange; grandiflorus is the finest.

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    Helena Rutherfurd Ely

  • Philadelphus, but the middle of the 2nd century is more probable.

  • "A letter from Philadelphus," he said over his shoulder, as he moved away from Hannah.

    The City of Delight

    Elizabeth Miller

  • From his bosom he drew forth the letter from Philadelphus and laid it within.

    The City of Delight

    Elizabeth Miller

  • And that smooth, insinuating, violent pagan was Philadelphus Maccabaeus!

    The City of Delight

    Elizabeth Miller


British Dictionary definitions for philadelphus

philadelphus

noun
  1. any shrub of the N temperate genus Philadelphus, cultivated for their strongly scented showy flowers: family HydrangeaceaeSee also mock orange (def. 1)

Word Origin

C19: New Latin, from Greek philadelphon mock orange, literally: loving one's brother

Ptolemy II

noun
  1. called Philadelphus. 309–246 bc, the son of Ptolemy I; king of Egypt (285–246). Under his rule the power, prosperity, and culture of Egypt was at its height
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