Punic



[pyoo-nik] /ˈpyu nɪk/

adjective
1.
of or relating to the ancient Carthaginians.
2.
treacherous; perfidious: originally applied by the Romans to the Carthaginians.
noun
3.
the language of ancient Carthage, a form of late Phoenician.
/ˈpjuːnɪk/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians
2.
characteristic of the treachery of the Carthaginians
noun
3.
the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician
adj.

“pertaining to Carthage,” 1530s, from Latin Punicus, earlier Poenicus “Carthaginian,” originally “Phoenician” (adj.), Carthage having been founded as a Phoenician colony, from Poenus (n.), from Greek Phoinix “Phoenician” (see Phoenician). Carthaginians were proverbial among the Romans as treacherous and perfidious. Punic Wars were three wars between the Romans and the Carthaginians fought 264-146 B.C.E. Related: Punical (early 15c.).

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