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Samnium

[sam-nee-uh m] /ˈsæm ni əm/
noun
1.
an ancient country in central Italy.
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Samnite
[sam-nahyt] /ˈsæm naɪt/ (Show IPA),
adjective, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for samnite

Samnite

/in ancient Italy ˈsæmnaɪt/
noun
1.
a member of an Oscan-speaking people of the S Apennines, who clashed repeatedly with Rome between 350 bc and 200 bc
adjective
2.
of or relating to this people

Samnium

/ˈsæmnɪəm/
noun
1.
an ancient country of central Italy inhabited by Oscan-speaking Samnites: corresponds to the present-day regions of Abruzzi, Molise, and part of Campania
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Word Origin and History for samnite

Samnite

n.

member of an ancient people who inhabited Samnium in Italy, late 14c., from Latin Samnites (plural), from Samnium, probably related to Sabine (q.v.).

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