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A native or inhabitant of the Greek island Naxos, or of the ancient Greek colony of Naxos in Sicily.
Of, relating to, or characteristic of the island or colony of Naxos.
Late 15th century; earliest use found in John Skelton (c1460–1529), poet. From classical Latin Naxius (adjective) or its etymon ancient Greek Νάξιος (adjective) of or belonging to the island of Naxos, (noun) an inhabitant of the island of Naxos (from Νάξος, the name of a Greek island in the Cyclades group + -ιος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.
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