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[noo-mid-ee-uh, nyoo-]
  1. an ancient country in N Africa, corresponding roughly to modern Algeria.
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Related formsNu·mid·i·an, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for numidia

Historical Examples

  • Cyprian's care not only extended over Carthage, but to Numidia and Mauritania.

    Fox's Book of Martyrs

    John Foxe

  • He stalks amongst them as, in the night, the dread and awful lion of Numidia.

  • At the end of the year he was appointed proconsul of Numidia.

  • They advised him to buy the support of Rome, and seize the crown of Numidia.

  • Massinissa was an able ruler and a decided benefactor to Numidia.

British Dictionary definitions for numidia


  1. an ancient country of N Africa, corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria: flourished until its invasion by Vandals in 429; chief towns were Cirta and Hippo Regius
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Word Origin and History for numidia


ancient region in North Africa, roughly corresponding to modern Algeria, Latin, named for its inhabitants, the Numidians, whose name is related to nomad (n.).

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