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decuman

[ dek-yoo-muhn ]
/ ˈdɛk yʊ mən /
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adjective
large or immense, as a wave.
(in ancient Rome) of or relating to the tenth cohort of a legion.
noun
Also called decuman gate . (in ancient Rome) the main gate of a military camp, facing away from the enemy and near which the tenth cohort of the legion was usually stationed.
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Origin of decuman

1650–60; <Latin decumānus, decimānus of the tenth, large, equivalent to decim(us) tenth (see decimate) + -ānus-an
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How to use decuman in a sentence

  • These three Decuman streets are the arteries of ancient Naples.

    Naples Past and Present|Arthur H. Norway
  • Without halting, they rush toward the Decuman gate, and attempt to enter the camp.

    History of Julius Caesar Vol. 2 of 2|Napoleon III, Emperor of the French, 1808-1873.
  • Its church, St Decuman's, on the way to Williton, is interesting.

    Somerset|G.W. Wade and J.H. Wade
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