ancient country in N Africa, mainly in what is now E Algeria
Origin of NumidiaClassical Latin from Numidae, the Numidians, plural of numida, a nomad from Classical Greek nomada, accusative of nomas, nomad
An ancient country of northwest Africa corresponding roughly to present-day Algeria. It was part of the Carthaginian empire before the Punic Wars and became a separate kingdom after 201 BC. Conquered by Rome in 46 BC and invaded by the Vandals in the fifth century AD, Numidia was absorbed by the Umayyad caliphate in the early eighth century.