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Pontus

ancient district of Anatolia on the southern coast of the Black Sea, from Latinized form of Greek Pontos "the Black Sea and the regions around it," literally "the sea," from a variant of the PIE root *pent- "to tread, go" that also produced Latin pons (genitive pontis) "bridge, passage;" see find (v.).

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Definitions of Pontus from WordNet

Pontus (n.)
(Greek mythology) ancient personification of the sea; father of Nereus;
Synonyms: Pontos
Pontus (n.)
an ancient region of northern Asia Minor on the Black Sea; it reached its height under Mithridates VI but was later incorporated into the Roman Empire;
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