hyperborean

hyperborean 1590s, from L.L. hyperboreanus, from L. hyperboreus, from Gk. hyperboreos "pertaining to the regions of the far north," from hyper (see HYPER- (Cf. hyper-)) + Boreas (see BOREAL (Cf. Boreal)). The Hyperboreans were an imagined Arctic people believed by the ancients to be distinguished by piety and happiness. M.E. had iperborie "the far north of the Earth" (mid-15c.).

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  • Hyperborean — Hy per*bo re*an, a. [L. hyperboreus, Gr. ?; ype r over, beyond + ?. See {Boreas}.] 1. (Greek Myth.) Of or pertaining to the region beyond the North wind, or to its inhabitants. [1913 Webster] 2. Northern; belonging to, or inhabiting, a region in… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Hyperborean — Hy per*bo re*an, n. 1. (Greek Myth.) One of the people who lived beyond the North wind, in a land of perpetual sunshine. [1913 Webster] 2. An inhabitant of the most northern regions. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • hyperborean — [hī΄pər bôr′ē ən, hī΄pərbə rē′ən] adj. [LL Hyperboreanus < L Hyperboreus < Gr hyperboreos, beyond the north wind < hyper (see HYPER ) + boreas, north wind: see BOREAS] 1. of the far north 2. very cold; frigid 3. [H ] of the Hyperboreans… …   English World dictionary

  • Hyperborean — /huy peuhr bawr ee euhn, bohr , beuh ree /, n. 1. Class. Myth. one of a people supposed to live in a land of perpetual sunshine and abundance beyond the north wind. 2. an inhabitant of an extreme northern region. adj. 3. of or pertaining to the… …   Universalium

  • hyperborean — 1. noun /hʌɪpəˈbɔːɹɪən/ a) one of a race of people in Greek mythology living in the extreme north, beyond the north wind b) any person living in a northern country, or to the north 2. adjective /hʌɪpəˈbɔːɹɪən/ pertaining to the extreme north of… …   Wiktionary

  • hyperborean — [ˌhʌɪpəbɔ: ri:ən, bɔ:rɪən] literary noun 1》 an inhabitant of the extreme north. 2》 (Hyperborean) Greek Mythology a member of a race worshipping Apollo and living in a land of sunshine beyond the north wind. adjective relating to the extreme north …   English new terms dictionary

  • Hyperborean — Hy•per•bo•re•an [[t]ˌhaɪ pərˈbɔr i ən, ˈboʊr , bəˈri [/t]] n. 1) myt a member of a people of ancient Greek legend reputed to live in a land of perpetual sunshine and abundance beyond the north wind 2) an inhabitant of an extreme northern region… …   From formal English to slang

  • hyperborean — /haɪpəˈbɔriən/ (say huypuh bawreeuhn) adjective 1. of the extreme north. 2. arctic; frigid. {from Hyperborean, in Greek legend, one of a people supposed to live in a land of perpetual sunshine and plenty beyond the north wind; from Late Latin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Hyperborean — n. & adj. n. 1 an inhabitant of the extreme north of the earth. 2 (Hyperborean) (in Greek mythology) a member of a race worshipping Apollo and living in a land of sunshine and plenty beyond the north wind. adj. of the extreme north of the earth.… …   Useful english dictionary

  • hyperborean — I. noun Etymology: Latin Hyperborei (plural), from Greek Hyperboreoi, from hyper + Boreas Date: 15th century 1. often capitalized a member of a people held by the ancient Greeks to live beyond the north wind in a region of perpetual sunshine 2.… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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