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

  • Pliny Originally Gaius Plinius Secundus. Known as "the Elder.” A.D. 23-79. Roman scholar and naturalist. He wrote the 37-volume Historia Naturalis. His nephew Pliny (originally Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, A.D. 62?-113?), known as "the Younger,” was a consul and writer whose letters provide valuable information about Roman life.

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  • proper n. An ancient Roman praenomen.

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  • n. Roman writer and nephew of Pliny the Elder; author of books of letters that commented on affairs of the day (62-113)
  • n. Roman author of an encyclopedic natural history; died while observing the eruption of Vesuvius (23-79)


Ultimately from Latin Plīnius. (Wiktionary)



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