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Peloponnesus

[pel-uh-puh-nee-suh s] /ˌpɛl ə pəˈni səs/
noun
1.
a peninsula forming the S part of Greece: seat of the early Mycenaean civilization and the powerful city-states of Argos, Sparta, etc. 8356 sq. mi. (21,640 sq. km).
Also, Peloponnese
[pel-uh-puh-neez, -nees] /ˌpɛl ə pəˈniz, -ˈnis/ (Show IPA),
Peloponnesos
[pel-uh-puh-nee-sos, -sohs, -suh s] /ˌpɛl ə pəˈni sɒs, -soʊs, -səs/ (Show IPA)
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Also called Morea.
Origin
< Latin < Greek Pelopónnēsos (representing phrase Pélopos nêsos literally, island of Pelops with sn > nn)
Related forms
Peloponnesian
[pel-uh-puh-nee-zhuh n, -shuh n] /ˌpɛl ə pəˈni ʒən, -ʃən/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
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Examples for Peloponnesus
  • It was Peloponnesus that afforded a new home to the exiled poet.
Word Origin and History for Peloponnesus
n.

peninsula of southern Greece, late 15c., from Latin, from Greek Peloponnesos, second element apparently nesos "island" (see Chersonese); first element said to be named for Pelops, son of Tantalus, who killed him and served him to the gods as food (they later restored him to life). The proper name is probably from pellos "dark" + ops "face, eye." But the association with the peninsula name likely is folk etymology. Related: Peloponnesian.

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