Samnite

Samnium

[sam-nee-uhm]
noun
an ancient country in central Italy.

Samnite [sam-nahyt] , adjective, noun
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Samnite ((in ancient Italy) ˈsæmnaɪt)
 
n
1.  a member of an Oscan-speaking people of the S Apennines, who clashed repeatedly with Rome between 350 bc and 200 bc
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this people

Samnium (ˈsæmnɪəm)
 
n
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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Samnite
member of an ancient people who inhabited Samnium in Italy, late 14c., from L. Samnites (pl.), from Samnium, probably related to Sabine (q.v.).
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