Punic

Punic

[pyoo-nik]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to the ancient Carthaginians.
2.
treacherous; perfidious: originally applied by the Romans to the Carthaginians.
noun
3.
the language of ancient Carthage, a form of late Phoenician.

Origin:
< Latin Pūnicus, earlier Poenicus Carthaginian, equivalent to Poen(us) a Phoenician, a Carthaginian (akin to Greek Phoînix a Phoenician) + -icus -ic

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Punic (ˈpjuːnɪk)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians
2.  characteristic of the treachery of the Carthaginians
 
n
3.  the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician
 
[C15: from Latin Pūnicus, variant of Poenicus Carthaginian, from Greek Phoinix]

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Punic
"pertaining to Carthage," 1533, from L. Punicus, earlier Poenicus "Carthaginian," originally "Phoenician" (adj.), Carthage having been founded as a Phoenician colony, from Poenus (n.), from Gk. Phoinix "Phoenician" (see Phoenician). Proverbial among the Romans as treacherous
and perfidious. Punic Wars were three wars between the Romans and the Carthaginians fought 264-146 B.C.E.
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