Cimmerian (adj.) "pertaining to the Cimmerii," an ancient nomadic people who, according to Herodotus, inhabited the region around the Crimea, and who, according to Assyrian sources, overran Asia Minor 7c. B.C.E.; from L. Cimmerius, from Gk. Kimmerios. Homer described their land as a place of perpetual mist and darkness beyond the ocean, but whether he had in mind the same people Herodotus did, or any real place, is unclear.

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  • Cimmerian — Cim*me ri*an, a. [L. Cimmerius.] [Written also {Kimmerian}.] 1. Pertaining to the Cimmerii, a fabulous people, said to have lived, in very ancient times, in profound and perpetual darkness. [1913 Webster] 2. Without any light; intensely dark.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cimmerian — [sə mir′ē ən] n. [< L Cimmerius, pertaining to the Cimmerii, Cimmerians < Gr Kimmerioi] any of a mythical people whose land was described by Homer as a region of perpetual mist and darkness adj. extremely dark; gloomy …   English World dictionary

  • Cimmerian — Cimmerianism, n. /si mear ee euhn/, adj. 1. Class. Myth. of, pertaining to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness. 2. very dark; gloomy: deep, Cimmerian caverns. * * * Any member of an ancient people living… …   Universalium

  • cimmerian — adjective /sɪˈmɪərɪən/ a) perpetually dark or gloomy There, under ebon shades... in dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell. b) mentally dark; ignorant As ragged as thy locks,<br />In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell …   Wiktionary

  • Cimmerian — I. adjective Date: 1580 very dark or gloomy < under ebon shades…in dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell John Milton > II. noun Etymology: Latin Cimmerii, a mythical people, from Greek Kimmerioi Date: 1584 any of a mythical people described by Homer… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • Cimmerian — adjective intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness the Cimmerian gloom...a darkness that could be felt Norman Douglas • Similar to: ↑dark …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cimmerian — noun /sɪˈmɪərɪən/ a) any of the mythical people supposed to inhabit a land of perpetual darkness There in a lonely land, and gloomy cells,<br />The dusky nation of Cimmeria dwells;<br />The sun neer views the uncomfortable seats b)… …   Wiktionary

  • cimmerian — adj. very dark or gloomy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cimmerian — a. Black, very dark, intensely dark, midnight …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • cimmerian — cim·me·ri·an …   English syllables

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