American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A Celtic people inhabiting western Switzerland during the time of Julius Caesar.
- Latin Helvētiī. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When Cæsar entered upon his duties in governing Gaul, certain tribes came to him with complaints of a people called the Helvetii, who were leaving their own country, or what is now Switzerland, to enter upon the more fertile and less mountainous lands of their neighbors.”
“Checking the attempted migration of the Helvetii was the beginning of Caesar's exploits.”
“A huge number of Germans—one hundred and twenty thousand, it was reported—had crossed the Rhine and settled on the lands of the Helvetii, a warlike tribe, whose response was to move westward in their turn, into the interior of Gaul, looking for fresh territory.”
“So, I translated the battle with the Helvetii and slept that night.”
“Accordingly, the tract betwixt the Hercynian forest and the rivers Rhine and Mayne was possessed by the Helvetii:  and that beyond, by the Boii;  both Gallic tribes.”
“Helvetii and Boii penetrated into Germany is not ascertained.”
“ A nation of Gauls, bordering on the Helvetii, as appears from Strabo and Caesar.”
“He first made himself master of the country of the Helvetii”
“Helvetii, _B. G._ i, 7, 3. haec habui, _de Sen. _ 85. non habebant, _B. G.”
“Helvētiī lēgātōs mittunt, quī dīcerent, _the Helvetii sent envoys to say_ (lit. _who should say_); haec habuī, dē senectūte quae dīcerem, _I had these things to say about old age_; nōn habēbant quō sē reciperent, _they had no place to which to flee_”
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