- an ancient country in central Italy.
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Examples from the Web for samnite
Livy says that the covering of the breast of the Samnite gladiators was sponge.
The son did the same at the battle of Sentinum and brought the Samnite wars to an end.De Officiis
Marcus Tullius Cicero
But what are we to say to the Samnite Schiavia which sheltered Anselm?
There are Roman antiquities in the place; for Samnite antiquities we do not look.
His first act was to take some important Samnite towns which had revolted.Plutarch's Lives, Volume II
Aubrey Stewart & George Long
- a member of an Oscan-speaking people of the S Apennines, who clashed repeatedly with Rome between 350 bc and 200 bc
- of or relating to this people
- an ancient country of central Italy inhabited by Oscan-speaking Samnites: corresponds to the present-day regions of Abruzzi, Molise, and part of Campania
Word Origin and History for samnite
member of an ancient people who inhabited Samnium in Italy, late 14c., from Latin Samnites (plural), from Samnium, probably related to Sabine (q.v.).
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