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Minoan

[mi-noh-uh n, mahy-] /mɪˈnoʊ ən, maɪ-/
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ancient civilization of the island of Crete, dating from about 3000 to 1100 b.c.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of ancient Crete.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; Mino(s) + -an
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Minoan

/mɪˈnəʊən/
adjective
1.
denoting the Bronze Age culture of Crete from about 3000 bc to about 1100 bc Compare Mycenaean
2.
of or relating to the linear writing systems used in Crete and later in mainland Greece See Linear A, Linear B
noun
3.
a Cretan belonging to the Minoan culture
Word Origin
C19: named after Minos, from the excavations at his supposed palace at Knossos
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Word Origin and History for Minoan
adj.

1894, from Minos, famous king of Crete; applied by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans to the civilization that flourished there c.3000-1400 B.C.E.

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