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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of or relating to ancient Carthage, its inhabitants, or their language.
  • adj. Having the character of treachery attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans.
  • n. The dialect of Phoenician spoken in ancient Carthage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or relating to ancient Carthage, its inhabitants, or their language.
  • adj. Perfidious, treacherous, faithless.
  • proper n. The language of Carthage.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the ancient Carthaginians.
  • adj. Characteristic of the ancient Carthaginians; faithless; treacherous.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of the Carthaginians, who were characterized by the Romans as being unworthy of trust; hence, faithless; treacherous; deceitful.
  • n. The language of the Carthaginians, which belongs to the Canaanitish branch of the Semitic tongues, and is an offshoot of Phenician, and allied to Hebrew.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans
  • n. the Phoenician dialect of ancient Carthage
  • adj. of or relating to or characteristic of ancient Carthage or its people or their language

Etymologies

Latin Poenicus, Pūnicus, from Poenus, a Carthaginian, from Greek Phoinix, Phoenician.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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