• WordNet 3.6
    • n Etruscan a native or inhabitant of ancient Etruria; the Etruscans influenced the Romans (who had suppressed them by about 200 BC)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The ancient Etruscans painted women white and men red in the wall paintings they used to decorate tombs.
    • n Etruscan Of or relating to Etruria.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Etruscan Pertaining or relating to Etruria, an ancient country in central Italy, bordering on the part of the Mediterranean called the Tyrrhenian sea, between Latium and Liguria (including modern Tuscany), or to its inhabitants, and especially to their civilization and art. These, before Hellenic influence was actually felt in Etruria, resembled in many ways those of primitive Greece. Compare Tuscan.
    • Etruscan An epithet erroneously applied to Greek painted vases. This application, originating in the eighteenth century, before the study of archæology had made much advance, is still in use among persons whose ideas about these subjects are obtained from books. Wedgwood had this use in mind when he named his works Etruria.
    • n Etruscan An inhabitant of Etruria; a member of the primitive race of ancient Etruria. The Etruscans were distinguished ethnologically from all neighboring races, and their affinities are unknown, though there were similar people in ancient Rhætia, Thrace, etc. They called themselves Rasena, and the Greeks called them Tyrrhenians, between which and Etruscans there is probably a philological connection. See Tyrrhenian.
    • n Etruscan The language of the Etruscans, which from its few remains appears to have been unlike any other known tongue. It was spoken by many people in Italy outside of Etruria, till gradually superseded by Oscan and Latin; but a form of it continued in use in Rhætia (the Grisons and Tyrol) several centuries longer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj., n Etruscan of or belonging to ancient Etruria or its people, language, art, &c.—sometimes jocularly put for Tuscan
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Etruscus,


In literature:

They got an Etruscan girl to replace her.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
This family has lived in this city since the days of the Etruscans.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
And now the horse of Arcady, with stout Etruscans blent, Holdeth due tryst.
"The Æneids of Virgil" by Virgil
This use of the arch began with the Assyrians, and it reappeared in the works of the early Etruscans.
"Architecture" by Thomas Roger Smith
Etruscan religion was both more developed and more savage than that of Rome.
"History of Religion" by Allan Menzies
Here in the shadow of the old Etruscan fortifications, the wayfarer might take his stand and look down upon the wondrous scene beneath him.
"Name and Fame" by Adeline Sergeant
Etruscan Art, Leighton on, 76, 77.
"Frederic Lord Leighton" by Ernest Rhys
The discs or buttons remind us of those found in Etruscan tombs, though the execution of these last is more advanced.
"Needlework As Art" by Marian Alford
It is thought by some that the Etruscans of Italy were of Aegean origin.
"History of Human Society" by Frank W. Blackmar
The inscriptions also contain these letters, A, I, X and PP identical to the corresponding in the Etruscan alphabet.
"Vestiges of the Mayas" by Augustus Le Plongeon
Orte has known the Etruscans: she can very well do without modern folk.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Volume 26, July 1880." by Various
The earliest written annals of the Greeks, Etruscans and Romans are irretrievably lost.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
Etruscan tombs have been found in the neighbourhood, but it is not certain that the present town stands on an ancient site.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 4" by Various
Gorius gives two pictures of ancient Etruscan baptism by water.
"Bible Myths and their Parallels in other Religions" by T. W. Doane
The Thorvaldsen museum (1839-1848), a sombre building in a combination of the Egyptian and Etruscan styles, consists of two storeys.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 3" by Various
These have oriental analogies, and lend support to the tradition that the Etruscans came from Asia.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
But who could say what fine, time-filtered, pure Etruscan or Latin blood might not run in his veins?
"A House-Party" by Ouida
I think it was after a breakfast at his house that he showed us some Etruscan potteries.
"Reminiscences, 1819-1899" by Julia Ward Howe
Wedgwood manufactures his imitations of Etruscan ware.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Volume 14" by Various
This story comes from the Etruscan-Roman land, where traditions have been preserved with incredible fidelity.
"Legends of Florence Collected from the People, First Series" by Charles Godfrey Leland

In poetry:

The undeliverable secret,
Dead with a dead race and a dead speech, and yet
Darkly monumental in you,
Etruscan cypresses.
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
Is it the secret of the long-nosed Etruscans?
The long-nosed, sensitive-footed, subtly-smiling
Who made so little noise outside the cypress groves?
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
The smile, the subtle Etruscan smile still lurking
Within the tombs,
Etruscan cypresses.
He laughs longest who laughs last;
Nay, Leonardo only bungled the pure Etruscan smile.
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
What business, then?
Nay, tongues are dead, and words are hollow as hollow
Having shed their sound and finished all their echoing
Etruscan syllables,
That had the telling.
"Cypresses" by D H Lawrence
If for more winters our poor lot is cast,
Or this the last,
Which on the crumbling rocks has dashed Etruscan seas;
Strain clear the wine--this life is short, at best;
Take hope with zest,
And, trusting not To-Morrow, snatch To-Day for ease!
"Horatian Lyrics Odes I, 11." by Eugene Field
If for more winters our poor lot is cast,
Or this the last,
Which on the crumbling rocks has dashed Etruscan seas,
Strain clear the wine; this life is short, at best.
Take hope with zest,
And, trusting not To-morrow, snatch To-day for ease!
"To Leuconoee" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Indeed, the Etruscans have long been considered one of antiquity's greatest enigmas.
Picking in an Ancient Etruscan Hill Town.
DALLAS — Italy's ancient Etruscans were buried with a dazzling array of objects — everything from delicate gold jewelry to items one would need for a banquet — such as chalices, plates and a strainer for wine.
For a time though, it was the Etruscans , Phoenicians and Greeks who ruled the Mediterranean.
In reality, though, the Romans owed more than they ever admitted to their accomplished predecessors and former enemies on the Italian peninsula, the Etruscans .
The Etruscans , who occupied much of north-central Italy in the first millennium B.C.
This statue of an Etruscan warrior in the Metropolitan Museum of Art collection was proven to be a fake in 1961.
In an otherwise appreciative review of my book, Michelangelo and the Reinvention of the Human Body, Ingrid Rowland complains that I have seriously underestimated the importance of Etruscan sculpture for the artist.
The auction houses put ancient art into nice, recognizable categories: Egyptian, Phoenician, Greek, Etruscan, Roman and Byzantine.
Also Ran_Brazen Sky, Jaracat, Wabash River, Etruscan Prophet.
Etruscan Revival Gold Necklace , ca 1880 PBS.
Etruscan warrior's burial from the necropolis of Casa Nocera is dissected in a lab at the Archaeological Superintendency of Tuscany in Florence, Italy.

In science:

Having lost their homes, they sailed to the Corsica island and invaded it after a awful sea battle with the Carthaginians and Etruscans, just to drive once again into the sea as refugees after ten years later (in 545 BC) their rivals regained the island.
Zeno meets modern science