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1. Of or relating to ancient Carthage, its inhabitants, or their language.
2. Having the character of treachery attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans.
The dialect of Phoenician spoken in ancient Carthage.

[Latin Poenicus, Pūnicus, from Poenus, a Carthaginian, from Greek Phoinix, Phoenician.]


1. (Historical Terms) of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians
2. (Peoples) of or relating to ancient Carthage or the Carthaginians
3. (Historical Terms) characteristic of the treachery of the Carthaginians
4. (Languages) the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician
5. (Historical Terms) the language of the ancient Carthaginians; a late form of Phoenician
[C15: from Latin Pūnicus, variant of Poenicus Carthaginian, from Greek Phoinix]


(ˈpyu nɪk)

1. of or pertaining to the ancient Carthaginians.
2. treacherous; perfidious.
3. the language of ancient Carthage, a form of late Phoenician.
[< Latin Pūnicus, earlier Poenicus Carthaginian =Poen(us) a Phoenician, a Carthaginian (akin to Greek Phoînix a Phoenician) + -icus -ic]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Punic - the Phoenician dialect of ancient CarthagePunic - the Phoenician dialect of ancient Carthage
Phoenician - the extinct language of an ancient Semitic people who dominated trade in the ancient world
Adj.1.Punic - of or relating to or characteristic of ancient Carthage or its people or their language; "the Punic Wars"; "Carthaginian peace"
2.Punic - tending to betraypunic - tending to betray; especially having a treacherous character as attributed to the Carthaginians by the Romans; "Punic faith"; "the perfidious Judas"; "the fiercest and most treacherous of foes"; "treacherous intrigues"
unfaithful - not true to duty or obligation or promises; "an unfaithful lover"


A. ADJpúnico
B. Npúnico m


adjpunisch; the Punic Warsdie Punischen Kriege
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