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  1. an ancient country in E Asia Minor: it became a Roman province in a.d.
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Related formsCap·pa·do·cian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for cappadocia

Historical Examples of cappadocia

  • Then there is Aribaius the king of Cappadocia with 6000 horse and 30,000 archers and targeteers.



  • Basiliscus and they that were with him were sent away to a remote fortress in Cappadocia.

    Theodoric the Goth

    Thomas Hodgkin

  • Why may not this man be the same whom Diodorus designates satrap of Cappadocia?

  • The descendant even of a slave from Cappadocia might rise to be a knight.

    The Life of Cicero

    Anthony Trollope

  • The horses were bred, for the most part, in Spain or Cappadocia.

British Dictionary definitions for cappadocia


  1. an ancient region of E Asia Minor famous for its horses
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Word Origin and History for cappadocia



ancient name for the region roughly corresponding to modern Turkey, from Greek Kappadokía, perhaps ultimately from Persian Hvaspadakhim "land of fine horses." In ancient Athens, Cappadocians were notorious as knaves and cowards, but the region's horses were celebrated.

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