One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1An inhabitant of the extreme north.
- ‘We restricted our density calculations to birds on the water, with the exception of glaucous gulls (Larus hyperborean).’
- 1.1Greek Mythology A member of a race worshiping Apollo and living in a land of sunshine and plenty beyond the north wind.
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- ‘The Scythians and the Hyperboreans (sometimes the Aethiopians) were the noble savages of the Ancients.’
- ‘This island is inhabited by the Hyperboreans there is also on the island a magnificent sacred precinct of Apollo.’
- ‘The last point of the ‘northern twist of the axis’ of which the griffins are said to be the ‘figure’ is the Hyperborean paradise.’
- ‘He is cast or casts himself on a pyre, but is miraculously saved by Apollo and translated to the land of the Hyperboreans.’
Relating to the extreme north.
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- ‘The streets are quite chilled, inside my head is brisk at best and the beat, well, the beat is positively hyperborean.’
- ‘After hearing a glopping sound hit the snow covered ground, Hugh's skinless face begins scanning the hyperborean terrain for his epidermal layer.’
- ‘Its grid plan, zoned districts and splendid Nevsky Prospect created a strange kind of hyperborean vertigo in those who contemplated it.’
Late Middle English: from late Latin hyperboreanus, from Greek huperboreos, from huper ‘beyond’ + boreas ‘north wind’.
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