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Designating a mountain range believed to be located in the extreme north of Europe, often identified with the Urals; relating to or located in these mountains.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Eden (c1520–1576), translator. From classical Latin Rīphaeus, variant (in Virgil and some other authors) of Rīpaeus, Rhīpaeus + -an.
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