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Sabelli (səbĕlˈĪ) [key], people of ancient Italy who spoke Oscan. They were a loose group and seemed to have had little or no political unity. Oscan-speaking tribes expanded over central Italy, and by the 5th cent. B.C. they seem to have taken ancient Campania and Lucania. The Samnites and Sabines were probably Sabelli.

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