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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 cappadocian

Historical Examples

  • So they came together, Sergius swerving his Cappadocian as they met.

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • You must drill your lads a little before they again meet the Cappadocian cavalry.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • You know what happened to the viper who bit the Cappadocian's hide?

  • Their Cappadocian horses had shied, reared, and then galloped off like the whirlwind.

  • I wish you'd go into the kitchen and discharge that Cappadocian cook.

British Dictionary definitions for cappadocian


  1. of or relating to Cappadocia (an ancient region of E Asia Minor) or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Cappadocia
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  1. an ancient region of E Asia Minor famous for its horses
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Word Origin and History for cappadocian



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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