- an ancient Greek city and colony in N Africa, in Cyrenaica.
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Examples from the Web for cyrene
“This do I already know, my son,” said Cyrene, and smiled upon Aristæus.A Book of Myths
The fair Cyrene was entertaining a company of congenial spirits.
Nevertheless, two tears were shining in the fair Cyrene's eyes.
The fair Cyrene turned again toward the stage and joined in the applause.
We must draw the image of Cyrene, not from an English girl but from a Greek statue.Gryll Grange
Thomas Love Peacock
- an ancient Greek city of N Africa, near the coast of Cyrenaica: famous for its medical school
Word Origin and History for cyrene
ancient Greek colony in Libya; the name is of unknown origin. Cyrenaic referred to the philosophy ("practical hedonism") of Aristippus of Cyrene (c.435-c.356 B.C.E.).
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