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


Proper noun[edit]

Chalybēs 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 noun, plural only.

Case Plural
Nominative Chalybēs
Genitive Chalybum
Dative Chalybibus
Accusative Chalybēs
Ablative Chalybibus
Vocative Chalybēs

Related terms[edit]


  • Chalybes”, in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
  • Chalybes in Gaffiot, Félix (1934) Dictionnaire illustré latin-français, Hachette