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  • An ancient and literary name for the northwest part of France, especially Brittany.

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  • proper noun historical The north-western part of ancient Gaul, corresponding to modern Brittany.

Etymologies

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From Latin Armorica, from Transalpine Gaulish *Aremori ("place by the sea"). Compare Breton war vor, Welsh ar for ("on the sea").

Examples

  • The change of the name Armorica to Britannia, and from Britannia to

    Bolougne-Sur-Mer St. Patrick's Native Town

  • a conquest of the country; _and it is more than probable_ that, when the Irish Prince had finished his design upon the kingdom of Wales, he carried his arms in a fleet to France and invaded the country at the time called Armorica, but now Little Brittany, and from thence he led

    Bolougne-Sur-Mer St. Patrick's Native Town

  • Britains, driuing them to the verie sea coasts, where they shrowded themselues among the other Britains, that before were setled in the countrie there, ancientlie called (as before we said) Armorica, that is, a region lieng on the sea coast: for _Ar_ in the British toong signifieth vpon; and _Moure_, perteining to the sea.

    Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (4 of 8) The Fovrth Booke Of The Historie Of England

  • BRITTANY, or BRITANNY (Fr. _Bretagne_), known as Armorica (_q. v._) until the influx of Celts from Britain, an ancient province and duchy of France, consisting of the north-west peninsula, and nearly corresponding to the departments of Finistère, Côtes-du-Nord, Morbihan, Ille-et-Vilaine and

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 3 "Brescia" to "Bulgaria"

  • After he had taken vpon him the imperiall dignitie, vpon desire to haue inlarged his dominion, he assembled togither all the chosen youth of this land méet to doo seruice in the warres, with the which he passed ouer into France, & there (as our writers record) he first subdued the countrie ancientlie called Armorica, and slue in battell the king thereof called Imball.

    Chronicles (1 of 6): The Historie of England (4 of 8) The Fovrth Booke Of The Historie Of England

  • It is evident that if Sulpicius, who was born in 360 -- thirteen years before St. Patrick -- could speak of Armorica as Britannia, and the

    Bolougne-Sur-Mer St. Patrick's Native Town

  • Or if we woke up each morning not sure if we lived in America or Armorica?

    Many Angles on the Future

  • Since their settlement in Armorica, the Bretons were divided into tribes, but with a common ennemy that they were fighting against for generations: the French.

    Brittany Prepares for St. Yew's Day

  • The newcomers also contributed to create the Breton language, Brezhoneg, which is a Celtic language descending from the Brythonic of Insular Celtic languages brought by Romano-British and other Britons to Armorica.

    Brittany Prepares for St. Yew's Day

  • Two following waves of Britons (or Brythons) settled in Armorica around the fourth and fifth centuries to escape from the Anglo-Saxons and the Scots in Britain, and they actually gave the country the name of “Little Britain” which later became the modern “Brittany” (in London, Little Britain was also the street where Embassy of the Duchy of Brittany was later located).

    Brittany Prepares for St. Yew's Day

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