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[bawr-ee-uh s, bohr-] /ˈbɔr i əs, ˈboʊr-/
the ancient Greek personification of the north wind.
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  • Here one of the seers suggested to them to do sacrifice to Boreas, and sacrifice was done.

    Anabasis Xenophon
  • In the Phædrus, a dialogue on the soul, the myth of Boreas is introduced.

  • Had Sir Boreas made up his mind briefly to dismiss the man, or briefly to forgive him, the interview would have been unnecessary.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • He was pilot in the ‘Boreas,’ and he is doing the same sort of work here.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • The “Boreas” had a short time before this been despatched to Macao for the protection of the China trade.

    Ben Burton W. H. G. Kingston
  • Boreas is a great barber, sir, with his north pole for a sign.

  • A daughter of Erechtheus, whose lover, Boreas, carried her off while she was wandering by the river Ilissus.

  • Boreas had loosed his demons, and they were lashing the night into chaos.

  • Sir Boreas Bodkin had shoved the papers on one side, and, since that, nothing further had been said on the matter.

    Marion Fay Anthony Trollope
  • Old Boreas complimented her not a little on her being able to appear at the breakfast-table.

    Flora Lyndsay Susanna Moodie
British Dictionary definitions for Boreas


(Greek myth) the god personifying the north wind
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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