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[pon-tuh s]
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  1. an ancient country in NE Asia Minor, bordering on the Black Sea: later a Roman province.
  2. Also Pon·tos [pon-tos] /ˈpɒn tɒs/. the ancient Greek personification of the sea.
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Examples from the Web for pontus

Historical Examples

  • Since that we are in Pontus the Danube has stood frozen three times.

    The Comic Latin Grammar

    Percival Leigh

  • The King of Pontus sought there for refuge and new means of vengeance.

  • Orpiment, which is termed ἁρσενικὁν in Greek, is dug up in Pontus.

  • It was a sailor from the Pontus, who spoke only his native language.

  • Marcion was a wealthy shipowner, belonging to Sinope in Pontus.

British Dictionary definitions for pontus


  1. an ancient region of NE Asia Minor, on the Black Sea: became a kingdom in the 4th century bc; at its height under Mithridates VI (about 115–63 bc), when it controlled all Asia Minor; defeated by the Romans in the mid-1st century bc
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Word Origin and History for pontus


ancient district of Anatolia, from Greek pontos "sea" (see pons).

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