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  1. an ancient city in SW Italy, on the coast of Campania: believed to be the earliest Greek colony in Italy or in Sicily.
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Related formsCu·mae·an, adjective
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  • The Cumaean Sibyl has prophesied that Rome will possess the earth.

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  • They are famous in legend as the seat of the oracle of the Cumaean Sibyl.

  • A most mystic epistle truly, and closes in a vein of poetry worthy of the Cumaean sibyl.

  • The prophetic rage of the Cumaean Sibyl displays in the strongest colours the enthusiasm of the poet.

  • Colonel Deacon, who listened to her every word as to the utterance of a Cumaean oracle, laughed with extraordinary approbation.

British Dictionary definitions for cumaean


  1. the oldest Greek colony in Italy, founded about 750 bc near Naples
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Derived FormsCumaean, adjective
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Word Origin and History for cumaean



1731, from Latin Cumae (Greek Kyme), ancient city on the Italian coast near Naples, founded by Greeks 8c. B.C.E.; especially famous for the Sybil there, mentioned by Virgil.

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