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nounAncient Greek History
A native or inhabitant of the ancient city of Phocaea, the northernmost of the Ionian Greek settlements on the western coast of Asia Minor, originally founded by emigrants from Phocis.
adjectiveAncient Greek History
Of or relating to Phocaea or its inhabitants.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Philemon Holland (1552–1637), translator. From classical Latin Phōcaea (ancient Greek Φώκαια), the name of Phocaea, an ancient city in Asia Minor + -an. Compare Middle French Phocean.
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