One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A native or inhabitant of Podolia, a region in present-day south-western Ukraine.
1Of or relating to Podolia.
2Of or relating to a breed of cattle found mainly in Italy.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Richard Knolles (d. 1610), historian and translator. From Podolia (Russian Podolija, Ukrainian Podillja, Polish Podole; compare Old Russian Podolije, lit. ‘valley’), the name of a region in present-day south-west Ukraine + -an.
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