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An ancient country of west-central Italy in present-day Tuscany and parts of Umbria. It was the center of the Etruscan civilization, which spread throughout much of Italy before being supplanted by Rome in the third century bc.

E·tru′ri·an adj. & n.


1. (Placename) an ancient country of central Italy, between the Rivers Arno and Tiber, roughly corresponding to present-day Tuscany and part of Umbria
2. (Placename) a factory established in Staffordshire by Josiah Wedgwood in 1769


(ɪˈtrʊər i ə)

an ancient country located between the Arno and Tiber rivers, roughly corresponding to modern Tuscany in W Italy.
E•tru′ri•an, adj., n.
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Noun1.Etruria - an ancient country in central ItalyEtruria - an ancient country in central Italy; assimilated by the Romans by about 200 BC
Italia, Italian Republic, Italy - a republic in southern Europe on the Italian Peninsula; was the core of the Roman Republic and the Roman Empire between the 4th century BC and the 5th century AD
Etruscan - a native or inhabitant of ancient Etruria; the Etruscans influenced the Romans (who had suppressed them by about 200 BC)
References in classic literature ?
311: Apollonius, following Hesiod, says that Circe came to the island over against Tyrrhenia on the chariot of the Sun.
The 16,500-ton Tyrrhenia, named after an Italian sea, was built on the Clyde for the Anchor Line, a subsidiary of Cunard.
The ship, which was originally named Tyrrhenia, was Known to its crew as the "Old Soup Tureen".