Delian 1620s, "of Delos," tiny island in the Aegean, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Delian problem "find the length of the side of a cube having double the volume of a given cube," was set by the oracle at Delos when it answered (430 B.C.E.) that the plague in Athens would end when Apollo's (cube-shaped) altar was doubled. The Latin fem. form of the word became the proper name Delia.

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  • Delian — [dē′lē ən] adj. of Delos …   English World dictionary

  • Delian — adjective or noun see Delos …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Delian — /dee lee euhn, deel yeuhn/, adj. 1. pertaining to Delos. n. 2. a native or inhabitant of Delos. [1615 25; < L Deli(us) ( < Gk Délios) + AN] * * * …   Universalium

  • delian — de·li·an …   English syllables

  • Delian — /ˈdiliən/ (say deeleeuhn) adjective 1. relating to Delos. –noun 2. a native or inhabitant of Delos …   Australian English dictionary

  • delian — ən adjective Usage: usually capitalized Etymology: Latin Delius of Delos (from Greek Dēlios, from Dēlos, island in the Aegean) + English an : of or relating to the island of Delos, held in antiquity to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis …   Useful english dictionary

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