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An ancient country of northwest Asia Minor in present-day Turkey. Originally inhabited by Thracians, it was absorbed into the Roman Empire by the end of the first century bc.

Bi·thyn′i·an adj. & n.
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(Placename) an ancient country on the Black Sea in NW Asia Minor
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(bɪˈθɪn i ə)

an ancient state in NW Asia Minor.
Bi•thyn′i•an, adj., n.
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Noun1.Bithynia - an ancient country in northwestern Asia Minor in what is now TurkeyBithynia - an ancient country in northwestern Asia Minor in what is now Turkey; was absorbed into the Roman Empire by the end of the 1st century BC
Nicaea - an ancient city in Bithynia; founded in the 4th century BC and flourished under the Romans; the Nicene Creed was adopted there in 325
Anatolia, Asia Minor - a peninsula in southwestern Asia that forms the Asian part of Turkey
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