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Messāpĭa (Mesāpĭa ), ae, f.,
I.the old name of a part of Lower Italy (Apulia and Calabria): Messapia Apulia a Messapo rege appellata, Paul. ex Fest. p. 125 Müll.; cf. Plin. 3, 11, 16, § 99.—Hence, Messāpĭus (Mesāp- ), a, um, adj., of or belonging to Messapia, Messapian, Apulian, Calabrian: “arva,Ov. M. 14, 513.—In plur., as subst.: Messāpii (Mesāp- ), ōrum, m., the Messapians, Liv. 8, 24.
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