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A German people originally dwelling in the southern part of the Cimbria Chersonesus between the rivers Albis (Elbe) and Chalusus (Trave), in what is now Holstein. They are not mentioned in history before A.D. 282, when they are described as bold and skilful sailors, engaging in piratical raids upon the coast of Gaul (Eutrop. vii. 13). They afterwards headed a powerful league which took their name, and at last occupied the country between the Elbe, the Rhine, the Lippe, and the German Ocean (Ptol.ii. 11, 11). With the Jutes and Angles they invaded Britain in the fifth century A.D.

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