/ˈplɪni/ (say 'plinee)

1. (Gaius Plinius Secundus, `Pliny the Elder'), AD 23–79, Roman naturalist, encyclopedist, and writer.
2. his nephew, (Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus, `Pliny the Younger'), AD 62?–113?, Roman writer, statesman, and orator.

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  • Pliny — may refer to:*Pliny the Elder (23–79), ancient Roman nobleman, scientist and historian, author of Naturalis Historia , Pliny s Natural History *Pliny the Younger (63–c.113), ancient Roman statesman, orator, and writer; nephew and adopted son of… …   Wikipedia

  • Pliny — [plin′ē] 1. (L. name Gaius Plinius Secundus) A.D. 23 79; Rom. naturalist & writer: called the Elder 2. (L. name Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus) A.D. 62? 113?; Rom. writer & statesman: nephew of Pliny the Elder: called the Younger …   English World dictionary

  • Pliny — noun 1. Roman writer and nephew of Pliny the Elder; author of books of letters that commented on affairs of the day (62 113) • Syn: ↑Pliny the Younger, ↑Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus • Instance Hypernyms: ↑writer, ↑author 2. Roman author of an …   Useful english dictionary

  • Pliny — n. (23 79 A.D.) Gaius Plinius Secundus, Pliny the Elder, Roman historian and author of Natural History who died while watching the eruption of Vesuvius; (62 113 A.D.), Pliny the Younger , nephew of Gaius Plinius Secundus, Roman writer and orator… …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Pliny — ‘The Elder’ (23–79 CE), author of many works, including a Natural History; he died when Vesuvius erupted over Pompeii. Pliny ‘the Younger’ (b. 61 CE) was the nephew of the former; as governor of Bithynia he wrote a celebrated letter in 110 CE to… …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Pliny — I. biographical name A.D. 23 79 Gaius Plinius Secundus; the Elder Roman scholar II. biographical name A.D. 61(or 62) circa 113 Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus; the Younger; nephew of preceding Roman author …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Pliny — Plinian, adj. /plin ee/, n. 1. ( the Elder, Gaius Plinius Secundus)A.D. 23 79, Roman naturalist, encyclopedist, and writer. 2. his nephew ( the Younger, Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus)A.D. 62? c113, Roman writer, statesman, and orator. * * * …   Universalium

  • Pliny — noun /ˈplɪni/ An ancient Roman praenomen. The two Plinys, Lucan, (though again under the disadvantage of verse) Petronius Arbiter, and Quintilian, but above all, the Senecas, (for a Spanish cross appears to improve the quality of the rhetorician) …   Wiktionary

  • Pliny — See Exact sciences (The) in Hellenistic times: texts and issues …   History of philosophy

  • Pliny — Plin•y [[t]ˈplɪn i[/t]] n. 1) anh big (“the Elder,” Gaius Plinius Secundus) a.d. 23–79, Roman naturalist and writer 2) anh big his nephew (“the Younger,” Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus) a.d. 62?–c113, Roman writer and orator …   From formal English to slang

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