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Pompeii

Roman town buried by volcanic eruption 79 C.E., excavated beginning in 1755; the name is from Oscan pompe "five" (from PIE root *penkwe- "five"), in reference to its five districts. Related: Pompeian, which also can refer to the Roman consul Pompey or his followers.

updated on August 26, 2020

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Definitions of Pompeii from WordNet

Pompeii (n.)
ancient city to the southeast of Naples that was buried by a volcanic eruption from Vesuvius;
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