- a valley in SE Greece, in ancient Argolis.
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Examples from the Web for nemean
Not long after he competed at the Nemean Games and was victor in the racing.Psychotherapy
James J. Walsh
It was like Hercules going into the Nemean forest to cut himself a club.Charles Sumner Centenary
Archibald H. Grimke
It was a representation of Heracles in the act of tearing the jaws of the Nemean Lion.
We thought it was the Nemean lion, and we have found it is the Augean stable.War and the Future
H. G. Wells
The first task that Eurystheus gave the hero was to procure the skin of a monstrous lion that inhabited the Nemean forest.Stories of Old Greece and Rome
Emilie Kip Baker
- of or relating to the valley of Nemea in ancient Greece or its inhabitants
- (in ancient Greece) a valley in N Argolis in the NE Peloponnese; site of the Nemean Games, a Panhellenic festival and athletic competition held every other year
Word Origin and History for nemean
1580s, "pertaining to Nemea," a wooded valley in Argolis, especially in reference to the lion there, said to have been killed by Herakles. The place name is from Greek nemos "grove."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper