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Mycenaean

[mahy-si-nee-uh n] /ˌmaɪ sɪˈni ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the ancient city of Mycenae.
2.
denoting or pertaining to the ancient civilization at Mycenae, dating from c2000 to c1100 b.c.
noun
3.
Also called Mycenaean Greek. the earliest recorded Greek dialect, written in the Linear B syllabary and dating from the 15th through the 13th centuries b.c.
Origin of Mycenaean
1590-1600
1590-1600; Mycenae + -an
Related forms
pre-Mycenaean, adjective
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Historical Examples
  • We really cannot believe that a poet of the seventh century had made excavations in Mycenaean graves.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Don dropped into an armchair and began to load his pipe from the Mycenaean vase.

  • One can but say that only within the last thirty years have we found, or, finding, have recognised Mycenaean burial records.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Mycenaean tombs and other antiquities have been found (see Cyprus).

  • In 1895 Dr. Tsountas found twenty arrow-heads of bronze, ten in each bundle, in a Mycenaean chamber tomb.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • Lead, in fact, was perfectly familiar to the Mycenaean prime.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • The resemblance to some of the finest objects of Mycenaean work is very striking.

  • Did a race so backward hit on an idea unknown to the Mycenaean Greeks?

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
  • The discs on the box and on the dress of the bearers suggest those which were found in such numbers in the Mycenaean shaft-graves.

  • Homer did not live in or describe the Mycenaean prime, with its stone arrow-tips.

    Homer and His Age Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for Mycenaean

Mycenaean

/ˌmaɪsɪˈniːən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Mycenae or its inhabitants
2.
of or relating to the Aegean civilization of Mycenae (1400 to 1100bc)
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Word Origin and History for Mycenaean

1590s, "pertaining to Mycenae," the ancient city on the Argive plain, from Latin Mycenaeus, from Greek Mykenaios "of Mycenae," from Mykenai. In reference to the Aegean civilization that flourished 1500-1100 B.C.E. and was centered on Mycenae, it is from 1890s.

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