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A member of the Ptolemaic dynasty of Egypt. Compare "Ptolemaic"rare.
Of or relating to this dynasty or the period of its rule; = "Ptolemaic".
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Early 17th century; earliest use found in The Holie Bible faithfully translated into English. From classical Latin Ptolemaeus (ancient Greek Πτολεμαῖος) Ptolemy, the name of each of the Macedonian rulers of Egypt (305–30 b.c.) + -an. Compare classical Latin Ptolemaei, plural noun<br>early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Chaloner (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman. From post-classical Latin Ptolemaeus Ptolemy, the name of the Alexandrian astronomer + -an.
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