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Hellenic

[he-len-ik, -lee-nik] /hɛˈlɛn ɪk, -ˈli nɪk/
adjective
1.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the ancient Greeks or their language, culture, thought, etc., especially before the time of Alexander the Great.
Compare Hellenistic (def 3).
2.
noun
3.
Also called Greek. a branch of the Indo-European family of languages, comprising a variety of ancient, medieval, and modern dialects and languages, all of them called Greek.
Origin
1635-1645
1635-45; < Greek Hellēnikós of, pertaining to the Greeks. See Hellene, -ic
Related forms
Hellenically, adverb
non-Hellenic, adjective
pre-Hellenic, adjective
pro-Hellenic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for Hellenic

Hellenic

/hɛˈlɛnɪk; -ˈliː-/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the ancient or modern Greeks or their language
2.
of or relating to ancient Greece or the Greeks of the classical period (776–323 bc) Compare Hellenistic
3.
another word for Greek
noun
4.
a branch of the Indo-European family of languages consisting of Greek in its various ancient and modern dialects
Derived Forms
Hellenically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for Hellenic
adj.

"pertaining to Greece," 1640s, from Greek Hellenikos, from Hellen "a Greek," of unknown origin. Earliest surviving use is by Homer in reference to a Thessalian tribe.

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