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[sir-uh-kyoos, -kyooz] /ˈsɪr əˌkyus, -ˌkyuz/
a city in central New York.
Italian Siracusa. a seaport in SE Sicily: ancient city founded by the Carthaginians 734 b.c.; battles 413 b.c., 212 b.c.
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Syracusan, adjective, noun Unabridged
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  • Syracuse was older than Rome, and had a fortress of a mile and a half in length.

  • As to the supposed danger from the ambition of Syracuse, that was mere idle talk.

  • This evening has been marked by a visit from the Chaplain, who has returned from Syracuse.

    Within Prison Walls Thomas Mott Osborne
  • When seventeen he went to Syracuse and entered a grocery house.

    Hidden Treasures Harry A. Lewis
  • And the wagon-lit, booked to Syracuse, calmly left stranded in the station of Messina, to go no further.

    Sea and Sardinia D. H. Lawrence
British Dictionary definitions for Syracuse


(ˈsaɪrəˌkjuːz). a port in SW Italy, in SE Sicily on the Ionian Sea: founded in 734 bc by Greeks from Corinth and taken by the Romans in 212 bc, after a siege of three years. Pop: 123 657 (2001) Italian name Siracusa
(ˈsɪrəˌkjuːs). a city in central New York State, on Lake Onondaga: site of the capital of the Iroquois Indian federation. Pop: 144 001 (2003 est)
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Word Origin and History for Syracuse

city in Sicily, founded as a Corinthian colony, 8c. B.C.E., from a pre-Hellenic word, perhaps Phoenician serah "to feel ill," in reference to its location near a swamp. The city in New York, U.S., was named 1825 for the classical city.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Syracuse in the Bible

a city on the south-east coast of Sicily, where Paul landed and remained three days when on his way to Rome (Acts 28:12). It was distinguished for its magnitude and splendour. It is now a small town of some 13,000 inhabitants.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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