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  1. a valley in SE Greece, in ancient Argolis.
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Related formsNe·me·an [ni-mee-uh n, nee-mee-] /nɪˈmi ən, ˈni mi-/, adjective
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Historical Examples of nemean

  • Not long after he competed at the Nemean Games and was victor in the racing.


    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.

  • The first task that Eurystheus gave the hero was to procure the skin of a monstrous lion that inhabited the Nemean forest.

British Dictionary definitions for nemean


  1. of or relating to the valley of Nemea in ancient Greece or its inhabitants
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  1. (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
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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."

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