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From Ancient Greek Χάλυβες (Khálubes, the Chalybes), from Χάλυψ (Khálups, individual among the Chalybes; tempered iron, steel).


Proper noun[edit]

Chalybes m pl (genitive Chalybum); third declension

  1. A people in Pontus, living on the Black Sea's southern shore, noted for their mines and their preparation of steel.
    • 29 BCE – 19 BCE, Virgil, Aeneid 8.420
      striduntque cauernis / stricturae Chalybum et fornacibus ignis anhelat
      Chalybian ores hiss in the caverns, and from the furnace mouths puff the hot-panting fires


Third declension.

Number Plural
nominative Chalybēs
genitive Chalybum
dative Chalybibus
accusative Chalybēs
ablative Chalybibus
vocative Chalybēs

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