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Armorica

[ahr-mawr-i-kuh, -mor-] /ɑrˈmɔr ɪ kə, -ˈmɒr-/
noun
1.
an ancient region in NW France, corresponding generally to Brittany.
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  • Yes, the independence of Armorica is a shame to the arms of the Franks.

  • There shall be put into her jaws a bridle that shall be made on the coast of Armorica.

  • We find this identical word in a tale written by him, of which the scene is Armorica.

  • You are the count of the county of Nantes, close to the frontiers of that bedeviled Armorica.

  • And he formed the idea of transporting their island to the coasts of Armorica.

    Penguin Island Anatole France
  • Those of them that could escape, went to their countrymen in Armorica, which was now called the other Britain.

  • Brittany, the ancient Armorica, retains perhaps as unmixed a population as any part of Western Europe.

    The Fairy Mythology Thomas Keightley
  • I gladly make you a present of Armorica, with its cities, abbeys and dependencies!

  • The Britons were the first who came into the island, and they came from Armorica.

  • The last Breton will have died before our Armorica shall be conquered by the barbarians as they have done the rest of Gaul.

    The Poniard's Hilt Eugne Sue
British Dictionary definitions for Armorica

Armorica

/ɑːˈmɒrɪkə/
noun
1.
an ancient name for Brittany
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Word Origin and History for Armorica

ancient name for Brittany, from Gallo-Romance Are-mor-ica, literally "before the sea," with a Celtic prefix meaning "before" (cf. Old Irish ar) + mare "sea" (see mere (n.)).

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