Tar·​pe·​ian | \ (ˈ)tär¦pē(y)ən \

Definition of Tarpeian

: of, relating to, or being a cliff or rock of the Capitoline Hill in Rome used in ancient times for hurling condemned criminals to their deaths

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History and Etymology for Tarpeian

Latin tarpeius (from Tarpeius, cliff or rock on the Capitoline hill, probably from Tarpeia, legendary Roman maiden) + English -an

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“Tarpeian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tarpeian. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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