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[ser-boh-nee-uh n]
  1. of, relating to, or designating the large marshy tract of land in the northern part of ancient Egypt in which entire armies are said to have been swallowed up.
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Origin of Serbonian

1660–70; < Greek Serbōní(s) (límnē) Serbonian (marsh) + -an
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Historical Examples of serbonian

  • He finds his age or country stuck in some Serbonian bog of iniquity.

    William Lloyd Garrison

    Archibald H. Grimke

  • The vision of a Serbonian bog acted only as a magnet, and Lafayette started to join Greene.

    The Spirit of Lafayette

    James Mott Hallowell

  • An arctic night has dropped down upon the south; and in our dense blindness we know not in what direction lies the Serbonian bog.

    The Broken Sword

    Dennison Worthington

  • The first is deeper than the Serbonian bog, and would swallow up the whole British army.

  • In "the Serbonian bog" of this base oligarchy they are all absorbed, sunk, and lost forever.