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Punic

[pyoo-nik] /ˈpyu nɪk/
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/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians
2.
characteristic of the treachery of the Carthaginians
noun
3.
the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician
Word Origin
C15: from Latin Pūnicus, variant of Poenicus Carthaginian, from Greek Phoinix
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Word Origin and History for Punic
adj.

"pertaining to Carthage," 1530s, from Latin Punicus, earlier Poenicus "Carthaginian," originally "Phoenician" (adj.), Carthage having been founded as a Phoenician colony, from Poenus (n.), from Greek Phoinix "Phoenician" (see Phoenician). Carthaginians were 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. Related: Punical (early 15c.).

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