- surnamed Philadelphus, 309?–247? b.c., king of Egypt 285–247? (son of Ptolemy I).
- Philadelphus, king of Pergamum c159–138 b.c.
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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.
From his bosom he drew forth the letter from Philadelphus and laid it within.
And that smooth, insinuating, violent pagan was Philadelphus Maccabaeus!
- any shrub of the N temperate genus Philadelphus, cultivated for their strongly scented showy flowers: family HydrangeaceaeSee also mock orange (def. 1)
C19: New Latin, from Greek philadelphon mock orange, literally: loving one's brother
- 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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