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  1. "the Elder"; Gaius Plinius Secundus, a.d. 23–79, Roman naturalist, encyclopedist, and writer.

  2. his nephew (“the Younger,” Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus) a.d. 62?–c113, Roman writer, statesman, and orator.

Other words from Pliny

  • Plin·i·an, adjective

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How to use Pliny in a sentence

  • Pliny says the temples were almost deserted through this contagious superstition.

    The Catacombs of Rome | William Henry Withrow
  • Two days later Pliny Pickett stopped to speak to Scattergood in front of the hardware store.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland
  • Pliny supplemented and amplified the weekly newspaper, and so was very useful to Baines.

    Scattergood Baines | Clarence Budington Kelland

British Dictionary definitions for Pliny


/ (ˈplɪnɪ) /

  1. known as Pliny the Elder. Latin name Gaius Plinius Secundus. 23–79 ad, Roman writer, the author of the encyclopedic Natural History (77)

  2. his nephew, known as Pliny the Younger. Latin name Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus. ?62–?113 ad, Roman writer and administrator, noted for his letters

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