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  1. an ancient Carthaginian family to which Hamilcar, Hasdrubal, and Hannibal belonged.
  2. Cyrenaica.
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Related formsBar·can, adjective
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Historical Examples of barcan

  • The Hannonian family seems to have made the greatest figure in the senate; the Barcan in the field.

    Reflections on the Rise and Fall of the Ancient Republicks

    Edward Wortley Montagu

  • Though the Barcan family produced some great officers, who at least equalled the ablest generals Rome could ever boast of.

British Dictionary definitions for barcan


  1. the surname of several noted Carthaginian generals, including Hamilcar, Hasdrubal, and Hannibal
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Derived FormsBarcan, adjective
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