Cyrene

[ sahy-ree-nee ]
/ saɪˈri ni /
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noun

an ancient Greek city and colony in N Africa, in Cyrenaica.

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Cyrene

/ (saɪˈriːnɪ) /

noun

an ancient Greek city of N Africa, near the coast of Cyrenaica: famous for its medical school
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Word Origin and History for cyrene

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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