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Seleucid

[si-loo-sid] /sɪˈlu sɪd/
noun, plural Seleucidae
[si-loo-si-dee] /sɪˈlu sɪˌdi/ (Show IPA)
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
1850-1855
1850-55; < Neo-Latin Seleucidēs < Greek Seleukídēs offspring of Seleucus i; see -id1
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British Dictionary definitions for seleucidae

Seleucid

/sɪˈluːsɪd/
noun (pl) -cids, -cidae (-sɪˌdiː)
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
adjective
2.
of, relating to, or supporting the Seleucids or their dynasty
Derived Forms
Seleucidan (sɪˈluːsɪdən) adjective
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Word Origin and History for seleucidae

Seleucid

1803, in reference to dynasty founded in Syria 312 B.C.E. by Seleucus Nicator, general of Alexander. It lasted until the Roman conquest 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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