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GABRETA or GABRITA SILVA (Γαύβρητα, Γάβριτα, or Γάβρητα ὕλη), a range of mountains in Germany, mentioned by Strabo (vii. p.292) and Ptolemy (2.11. § § 5, 7, 24) in such a manner as to lead several of the earlier geographers to identify it with the Thüiringerwald; but later investigations have shown that the Böhmerwald, in the north of Bavaria, is meant. The name is evidently of Celtic origin (compare the name Veryobretus in Caes. Gal. 1.16), and probably signifies “a woody mountain.”


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