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

  • Hannibal 1 247-183? B.C. Carthaginian general who crossed the Alps in 218 with about 35,000 men and routed Roman armies at Lake Trasimeno (217) and Cannae (216). He was later defeated at the Battle of Zama (202).
  • A city of northeast Missouri on the Mississippi River northwest of St. Louis. It is famous as the boyhood home of Mark Twain. Population: 17,600.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A male given name of mostly historical use. Most notably borne by the the Carthaginian general Hannibal Barca.
  • proper n. A city in Missouri: Hannibal.

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

  • n. general who commanded the Carthaginian army in the second Punic War; crossed the Alps and defeated the Romans but was recalled to defend Carthage and was defeated (247-182 BC)
  • n. a town in northeast Missouri on the Mississippi River; boyhood home of Mark Twain


From Phoenician, meaning “mercy of (the god) Baal”. (Wiktionary)



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