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  1. a city of ancient Phoenicia: site of modern Saida.
Related formsSi·do·ni·an [sahy-doh-nee-uh n] /saɪˈdoʊ ni ən/, adjective, noun
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  1. the chief city of ancient Phoenicia: founded in the third millennium bc; wealthy through trade and the making of glass and purple dyes; now the Lebanese city of Saïda
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ancient Phoenician city, from Greek Sidon, from Phoenician Tzidhon, literally "fishing place," from tzud "to hunt, to capture." Related: Sidonian.

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