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From Ancient Greek Ἑλληνικός (Hellēnikós, of or relating to Greece or Greeks), from Ancient Greek Ἑλλάς (Hellás, Greece), equivalent to Hellen +‎ -ic.

The English term is a learned borrowing from Ancient Greek formed in the 17th-century, attested from ca. 1640.

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Hellenic (comparative more Hellenic, superlative most Hellenic)

  1. Of or relating to the ancient Greek culture and civilization before the Hellenistic period.
  2. Of or relating to Hellas (Greece) or the Hellenes (Greeks).

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  1. The Greek language and its dialects from the earliest records (Linear B inscriptions, about 1600-1300 B.C.E.) to the present Modern Greek.

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