Seleucid

Seleucid

[si-loo-sid]
noun, plural Seleucidae [si-loo-si-dee] .
1.
a member of a Macedonian dynasty, 312–64 b.c., that ruled an empire that included much of Asia Minor, Syria, Persia, Bactria, and Babylonia.
adjective
2.
of or pertaining to the Seleucids or their dynasty.

Origin:
1850–55; < Neo-Latin Seleucidēs < Greek Seleukídēs offspring of Seleucus i; see -id1

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Seleucid (sɪˈluːsɪd)
 
n , pl -cids, -cidae
1.  a member of a royal dynasty (312--64 bc) that at the zenith of its power ruled over an area extending from Thrace to India
 
adj
2.  of, relating to, or supporting the Seleucids or their dynasty
 
Seleucidan
 
adj

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Seleucid
1803, in ref. to dynasty founded in Syria 312 B.C.E. by Seleucus Nicator, general of Alexander. It lasted until 65 B.C.E. The Seleucidan Era, a local reckoning in the East (maintained by Syrian Christians) usually is dated to Sept. 1, 312 B.C.E.
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