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An ancient country of central and southern Italy. The expansionist desires of its rulers led to the Samnite Wars (343-290 bc) and the ultimate defeat of Samnium by Rome.
Sam′nite (săm′nīt′) adj. & n.
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(Placename) an ancient country of central Italy inhabited by Oscan-speaking Samnites: corresponds to the present-day regions of Abruzzi, Molise, and part of Campania
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Sam•ni•um(ˈsæm ni əm)
an ancient country in central Italy.
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