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[hel-vee-shuh] /hɛlˈvi ʃə/
an Alpine region in Roman times, corresponding to the W and N parts of Switzerland. Unabridged
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  • Local traditions said that Hercules had once visited Helvetia and taught the Helvetians arts and laws.

    Switzerland Frank Fox
  • In this country the fat tannages have been typified by the "Crown" and "Helvetia" leathers.

    Animal Proteins Hugh Garner Bennett
  • The Helvetia thus brought under Roman sway was not all of the Switzerland of to-day.

    Switzerland Frank Fox
  • Army of Helvetia, incorporated into the Army of the Rhine, ii.

    The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte William Milligan Sloane
  • You must have just emerged from the mountains of Helvetia, or the forests of the Danube.'

    Aurelian William Ware
  • The posts had been well prepared for defence after the disaster at Helvetia.

  • Nevertheless, some short account of the earliest inhabitants of the rugged Helvetia must occupy this first chapter.

  • Buller crossed the railway, and on August 29 Helvetia was taken.

    A Handbook of the Boer War Gale and Polden, Limited
  • It was really marvellous the progress made by Grindley junior, under the tutelage of Helvetia Appleyard.

    Tommy and Co. Jerome K. Jerome
  • Charlemagne's favourite residence was Aix-la-Chapelle, but he also held court in Helvetia.

    Legends of the Rhine Wilhelm Ruland
British Dictionary definitions for Helvetia


the Latin name for Switzerland
a Roman province in central Europe (1st century bc to the 5th century ad), corresponding to part of S Germany and parts of W and N Switzerland
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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