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Serbonian

[ser-boh-nee-uh n]
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  1. of, relating to, or designating the large marshy tract of land in the northern part of ancient Egypt in which entire armies are said to have been swallowed up.

Origin of Serbonian

1660–70; < Greek Serbōní(s) (límnē) Serbonian (marsh) + -an
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Examples from the Web for serbonian

Historical Examples

  • He finds his age or country stuck in some Serbonian bog of iniquity.

    William Lloyd Garrison

    Archibald H. Grimke

  • The vision of a Serbonian bog acted only as a magnet, and Lafayette started to join Greene.

    The Spirit of Lafayette

    James Mott Hallowell

  • An arctic night has dropped down upon the south; and in our dense blindness we know not in what direction lies the Serbonian bog.

    The Broken Sword

    Dennison Worthington

  • The first is deeper than the Serbonian bog, and would swallow up the whole British army.

  • In "the Serbonian bog" of this base oligarchy they are all absorbed, sunk, and lost forever.