Herculaneum Definition

hûrkyə-lānē-əm
proper name
Ancient city in S Italy, at the foot of Mt. Vesuvius: buried, together with Pompeii, in a volcanic eruption (a.d. 79)
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pronoun

(historical) A city in Italy which was entirely destroyed by same the eruption of Vesuvius that also turned Pompeii into a ruin.

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An ancient city of south-central Italy on the Bay of Naples. A popular resort during Roman times, it was completely destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius ( ad 79). Important ruins have been unearthed since the early 1700s.
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Origin of Herculaneum

  • From Latin Herculaneum, named for the mythical figure Hercules.

    From Wiktionary

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