Minoan

Minoan

[mi-noh-uhn, mahy-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ancient civilization of the island of Crete, dating from about 3000 to 1100 b.c.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of ancient Crete.

Origin:
1890–95; Mino(s) + -an

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Minoan (mɪˈnəʊən)
 
adj
1.  Compare Mycenaean denoting the Bronze Age culture of Crete from about 3000 bc to about 1100 bc
2.  Linear A See Linear B of or relating to the linear writing systems used in Crete and later in mainland Greece
 
n
3.  a Cretan belonging to the Minoan culture
 
[C19: named after Minos, from the excavations at his supposed palace at Knossos]

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Minoan
1894, from Minos, famous king of Crete; applied by British archaeologist Sir Arthur Evans to the civilization that flourished there c.3000-1400 B.C.E.
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