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[nee-mee-uh] /ˈni mi ə/

a valley in SE Greece, in ancient Argolis.
of or relating to the valley of Nemea in ancient Greece or its inhabitants
(in ancient Greece) a valley in N Argolis in the NE Peloponnese; site of the Nemean Games, a Panhellenic festival and athletic competition held every other year

1580s, “pertaining to Nemea,” a wooded valley in Argolis, especially in reference to the lion there, said to have been killed by Herakles. The place name is from Greek nemos “grove.”


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