Euxine


Euxine
Euxine archaic name for the Black Sea, from L. Pontus Euxinus, from Gk. Pontos Euxenios, lit. "the hospitable sea," a euphemism for Pontos Axeinos, "the inhospitable sea." According to Room, The Old Persian name for the sea was akhshaena, lit. "dark," probably in ref. to the sudden, dangerous storms that make the sea perilous to sailors and darken its face, and the Greeks took this untranslated as Pontos Axeinos, which was interpeted as the similar-sounding Gk. word axenos "inhospitable." Thus the modern English name could reflect the Old Persian one.

Etymology dictionary. 2014.

Synonyms:

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Euxine — /yoohk sin, suyn/, adj. of or pertaining to the Black Sea. * * * …   Universalium

  • EUXINE —    a Greek name for the BLACK SEA (q.v.) …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

  • euxine — n. Black Sea, Pontic Sea, the Pontic, the Pontus …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • euxine — eux·ine …   English syllables

  • euxine — ˈyüksə̇n, ˌsīn adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Latin euxinus, from Greek euxeinos (especially in Pontos Euxeinos Black sea), from euxenos, euxeinos hospitable : of, relating to, or having to do with the Black sea * * * /yoohk sin …   Useful english dictionary

  • Euxine Sea — [yo͞ok′sən, yook′sīn΄] 〚L Pontus Euxinus〛 ancient name for the BLACK SEA * * * …   Universalium

  • Euxine Sea — [yo͞ok′sən, yook′sīn΄] [L Pontus Euxinus] ancient name for the BLACK SEA …   English World dictionary

  • Euxine-Colchic deciduous forests — The Euxine Colchic deciduous forests ecoregion, in the Temperate broadleaf and mixed forests Biome, is located along the southern shore of the Black Sea. The ecoregion extends along the thin coastal strip from the southeastern corner of Bulgaria… …   Wikipedia

  • Euxine Sea. — See Black Sea. * * * …   Universalium

  • Euxine Sea — Eux′ine Sea′ [[t]ˈyuk sɪn, saɪn[/t]] n. geg Black Sea …   From formal English to slang


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.