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An ancient country of central and southern Italy. The expansionist desires of its rulers led to the Samnite Wars (343-290 bc) and the ultimate defeat of Samnium by Rome.
Sam′nite (săm′nīt′) adj. & n.
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Samnite(in ancient Italy ˈsæmnaɪt)
(Historical Terms) a member of an Oscan-speaking people of the S Apennines, who clashed repeatedly with Rome between 350 bc and 200 bc
(Historical Terms) of or relating to this people
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a member of an Oscan-speaking people of Samnium and adjacent regions: subjugated by the Romans in 290 b.c.
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|Noun||1.||Samnite - an Oscan-speaking member of an ancient people of Campania who clashed repeatedly with the early Romans|
Campania - a region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea including the islands of Capri and Ischia
Italian - a native or inhabitant of Italy
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