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[nee-mee-uh] /ˈni mi ə/
a valley in SE Greece, in ancient Argolis.
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[ni-mee-uh n, nee-mee-] /nɪˈmi ən, ˈni mi-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • But beware of the pleasant grove of nemean Zeus; for there death's end is destined to befall you.'

  • It was a representation of Heracles in the act of tearing the jaws of the nemean Lion.

  • Hercules forced his way through the snowed-up entrance, and tried to seize the brute as he had seized the nemean lion.

    Gods and Heroes R. E. Francillon
  • We thought it was the nemean lion, and we have found it is the Augean stable.

    War and the Future H. G. Wells
  • Not long after he competed at the nemean Games and was victor in the racing.

    Psychotherapy James J. Walsh
  • The first task that Eurystheus gave the hero was to procure the skin of a monstrous lion that inhabited the nemean forest.

  • The principal among these were the Pythian, nemean, and Isthmian games, though there were various others of less importance.

  • His nemean lion skin will be of cloth of gold, and his buskins of the same material.

  • It was like Hercules going into the nemean forest to cut himself a club.

    Charles Sumner Centenary Archibald H. Grimke
  • She was just losing herself in the rhythm and splendor of a "nemean" when a eunuch interrupted with his salaam.

    God Wills It! William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for nemean


of or relating to the valley of Nemea in ancient Greece or its inhabitants


(in ancient Greece) a valley in N Argolis in the NE Peloponnese; site of the Nemean Games, a Panhellenic festival and athletic competition held every other year
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Word Origin and History for nemean



1580s, "pertaining to Nemea," a wooded valley in Argolis, especially in reference to the lion there, said to have been killed by Herakles. The place name is from Greek nemos "grove."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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