Try Our Apps


90s Slang You Should Know


[am-fish-ee-uh nz, -fish-uh nz] /æmˈfɪʃ i ənz, -ˈfɪʃ ənz/
plural noun, Archaic.
inhabitants of the tropics.
Also, amphiscii
[am-fish-ee-ahy] /æmˈfɪʃ iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA)
Origin of amphiscians
1615-25; < Medieval Latin Amphisci(ī) (< Greek amphískioi, plural of amphískios (adj.) casting a shadow both ways, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + skí(a) shadow + -os adj. suffix) + -ans, plural of -an Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for amphiscians



1620s, from Medieval Latin Amphiscii, from Greek amphiskioi "inhabitants of the tropics," literally "throwing a shadow both ways," from amphi- "on both sides" (see amphi-) + skia "shadow" (see shine (v.)). Inhabitants of torrid zones, so called because they are "people whose shadow is sometimes to the North, and sometimes to the South" [Cockerham, 1623].

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for amphiscians

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for amphiscians

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for amphiscians