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[sim-brahy, -bree, kim-] /ˈsɪm braɪ, -bri, ˈkɪm-/
noun, (used with a plural verb)
a Germanic or Celtic people, supposed to have originated in Jutland, who invaded Gaul and northern Italy, and were destroyed by the Romans in 101 b.c.
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Cimbrian, adjective, noun
Cimbric, adjective Unabridged
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/ˈsɪmbriː; ˈkɪm-/
plural noun
a Germanic people from N Jutland who migrated southwards in the 2nd century bc: annihilated by Marius in the Po valley (101 bc)
Derived Forms
Cimbrian (ˈsɪmbrɪən) noun, adjective
Cimbric, adjective
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a Germanic tribe whose military incursion into Roman Italy was thrust back in 101 BC. Forced out of what is now Denmark by overpopulation and the encroaching sea, the Cimbri pushed southward, eventually swelling in numbers by the addition of their allies the Teutoni and other tribes. They scored victories over the Romans in 113, 109, and 107. Following a particularly devastating Roman defeat in 105 at Arausio (Orange, Fr.), command of the Romans was assumed by Gaius Marius. In 102 Marius destroyed the Teutoni at Aquae Sextiae (Aix-en-Provence), and in 101 he combined forces with Quintus Lutatius Catulus to annihilate, at Campi Raudii near Vercellae (Vercelli), the entire Cimbri army.

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