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plural -s
: one of an ancient Germanic people probably of many distinct tribes mentioned by Caesar as dwelling east of the Rhine and by Tacitus as extending to the Elbe and the Baltic
also : one of a Germanic horde from this region that overran France and Spain early in the 5th century a.d.


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variants or Suevic
: of or relating to the Suevians

Word History



Latin Suevi + English -ian, noun suffix


Latin Suevi + English -ian, adjective suffix, or -ic

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“Suevian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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