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

  • An ancient region of central Europe occupying a plateau between the Alps and the Jura Mountains. It was named by the Romans for its predominantly Celtic inhabitants. Helvetia corresponded roughly to the western part of modern Switzerland, and the name is still used poetically.

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  • n. An ancient Celtic country in central Europe,
  • n. Switzerland
  • n. The national personification of Switzerland.


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  • I'm pretty sure "snout" houses in Helvetia would sell without billions in subsidies (I could be wrong, maybe they're considering street money pinatas too).

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  • 'On Thursday, March 29, four companies of the Royal Irish Rifles were under orders to go by march route to De Wet's Dorp, and to leave one company behind at Helvetia, which is midway between the two townships.

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  • The central part of this region may be called the Helvetia of the peninsula; in ancient times it was the home of the intrepid Sabini, Marsi, Marrucini, Peligni, and Frentani, who for more than a century checked the progress of

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  • Originally it was proposed that the typeface be called Helvetia (Latin for Switzerland), but the designers didn't want to name it after a country, and so it was called Helvetica instead (which is Latin for Swiss).

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  • Somebody will make money, but then again somebody will make money by scraping Helvetia and building snout houses.

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  • If it were much more restrictive, and perfect agricultural land such Helvetia was labeled as permanently off limits, then we would have something to boast about.

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  • Helvetia, etc. are just the latest protester-victim in front of the bulldozer. funny how cities must always eat more and more resources, land and taxes just to survive, isn't it?

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  • There is room on the list for some wonderful, stoned, noodly incoherence from Helvetia ( "this one-way street doesn't allow bicycles/Oh no") and some moving, outsider, off-kilter folk from Kath Bloom ( "I knew that I would ride with you/If I could").

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  • In 1969, she began talking to local families to gather recipes, many of which are the ones that the settlers from Switzerland brought with them when they came to Helvetia a century ago.

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  • The original earthenware Swiss fondue pot was called a caquelon, but the dish is easily made in an enameled pan one purchased in Helvetia is sure to give the best results.

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