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[theer-uh] /ˈθɪər ə/
a Greek island in the S Aegean, in the Cyclades group. 30 sq. mi. (78 sq. km).
Also, Thira.
Also called Santorin, Santorini. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The pottery excavated at Mykenæ is of the Phœnician type, and the clay of which is composed has probably come from Thera.

  • Betsy, the youngest, opened her mouth, but Thera forestalled her.

    Service with a Smile Charles Louis Fontenay
  • Mycenan pottery has also been found at Thera under volcanic ashes which geologists say were thrown up about 1500 b.c.

    Human Origins Samuel Laing
  • They were enraptured when it was announced that after my departure you and Thera were coming to Altara.

    Majesty Louis Couperus
  • The tale of the Argonauts, ancestors of the founders of Thera and of Cyrene (69-262).

  • After lunch he sat for an hour to Thera, who was painting his portrait.

    Majesty Louis Couperus
  • The old rock inscriptions of Thera are among the most archaic yet discovered.

  • Historians tell us that Taygetus suffered a loss in this way, and that Therasia was swallowed up with the island of Thera.

    De Re Metallica Georgius Agricola
  • These were driven out of their course to Cnidos, and the men of Cnidos rescued them and sent them away to Thera.

  • Occasionally in late Cornish a form of this present is found exactly like the imperfect of bos; Therama, Thera, etc.

British Dictionary definitions for Thera


a Greek island in the Aegean Sea, in the Cyclades: site of a Minoan settlement and of the volcano that ended Minoan civilization on Crete. Pop: 13 402 (2001) Also called Santoríni Modern Greek name Thíra
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