One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of, from, or belonging to Scotland; Scottish.
Chiefly in the names of geological or geographical features: of or relating to Nova Scotia. Frequently in "Scotian Shelf": the area of continental shelf adjacent to Nova Scotia.
Early 17th century; earliest use found in Edward Topsell (d. 1625), Church of England clergyman and author. From post-classical Latin Scotia, the name of Scotland + -an<br>late 19th century. Short for Nova Scotian.
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