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[ahy-see-nahy] /aɪˈsi naɪ/
noun, (used with a singular or plural verb)
an ancient Celtic tribe of eastern England, whose queen, Boadicea, headed an insurrection against the Romans in a.d. 61.
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[ahy-see-nik] /aɪˈsi nɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • And it is hard to believe that he would not mention a clan so important and so near the sphere of his campaign as the Iceni.

    Early Britain--Roman Britain Edward Conybeare
  • Queen of the Iceni, who occupied p. 3Norfolk and the valley of the great Ouse.

  • For about 600 years after the defeat of the Iceni, no reliable information respecting that people is to be found in any history.

  • Marius, fearing her influence over the Iceni, banished her from his court.

  • Before the dawn of history, Heaven knows what shadowy Belgæ and Iceni enslaved it.

  • No mercy will be shown us, and chiefly will their vengeance fall upon the Iceni.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
  • There was great rejoicing when the parties of the Iceni met again in the swamp.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
  • During this time the Romans had traversed the whole country of the Iceni.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
  • At each hamlet through which they passed, Aska repeated the advice that had been sent to the Iceni.

    Beric the Briton G. A. Henty
  • Under Boadicea, the Iceni burnt the town and massacred the colonists.

    The Towns of Roman Britain James Oliver Bevan
British Dictionary definitions for Iceni


plural noun
an ancient British tribe that rebelled against the Romans in 61 ad under Queen Boudicca
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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