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Crete

[kreet] /krit/
noun
1.
Formerly Candia. a Greek island in the Mediterranean, SE of mainland Greece. 3235 sq. mi. (8380 sq. km).
Capital: Canea.
2.
Sea of, a part of the S Aegean Sea lying between the Cyclades Islands and Crete.
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Crete

/kriːt/
noun
1.
a mountainous island in the E Mediterranean, the largest island of Greece: of archaeological importance for the ruins of Minoan civilization. Pop: 601 131 (2001). Area: 8331 sq km (3216 sq miles) Modern Greek name Kríti
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Word Origin and History for cretes

Crete

traditionally said to be from Krus, name of a mythological ancestor; probably an ethnic name of some sort.

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cretes in Culture

Crete definition


Island in southeastern Greece in the Mediterranean Sea.

Note: Crete is the largest of the Greek islands.
Note: One of the world's earliest civilizations, the Minoan civilization, reached its peak in Crete in 1600 b.c.
Note: In Greek mythology, Crete was Minos's kingdom, where the Minotaur lived at the center of the Labyrinth.
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cretes in the Bible

now called Candia, one of the largest islands in the Meditterranean, about 140 miles long and 35 broad. It was at one time a very prosperous and populous island, having a "hundred cities." The character of the people is described in Paul's quotation from "one of their own poets" (Epimenides) in his epistle to Titus: "The Cretans are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies" (Titus 1:12). Jews from Crete were in Jerusalem on the day of Pentecost (Acts 2:11). The island was visited by Paul on his voyage to Rome (Acts 27). Here Paul subsequently left Titus (1:5) "to ordain elders." Some have supposed that it was the original home of the Caphtorim (q.v.) or Philistines.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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