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[ahr-mawr-i-kuh, -mor-]
  1. an ancient region in NW France, corresponding generally to Brittany.
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Historical Examples

  • Hence the name of Bretagne, given then for the first time to Armorica.

    A Literary History of the English People

    Jean Jules Jusserand

  • The Britons were the first who came into the island, and they came from Armorica.

  • There shall be put into her jaws a bridle that shall be made on the coast of Armorica.

  • You are the count of the county of Nantes, close to the frontiers of that bedeviled Armorica.

  • Yes, the independence of Armorica is a shame to the arms of the Franks.

British Dictionary definitions for armorica


  1. an ancient name for Brittany
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Word Origin and History for armorica


ancient name for Brittany, from Gallo-Romance Are-mor-ica, literally "before the sea," with a Celtic prefix meaning "before" (cf. Old Irish ar) + mare "sea" (see mere (n.)).

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