[ pyoo-nik ]
/ ˈpyu nɪk /


of or relating to the ancient Carthaginians.
treacherous; perfidious: originally applied by the Romans to the Carthaginians.


the language of ancient Carthage, a form of late Phoenician.

Origin of Punic

< Latin Pūnicus, earlier Poenicus Carthaginian, equivalent to Poen(us) a Phoenician, a Carthaginian (akin to Greek Phoînix a Phoenician) + -icus -ic
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/ (ˈpjuːnɪk) /


of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians
characteristic of the treachery of the Carthaginians


the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician

Word Origin for Punic

C15: from Latin Pūnicus, variant of Poenicus Carthaginian, from Greek Phoinix
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