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[osh-uh n, os-ee-uh n] /ˈɒʃ ən, ˈɒs i ən/
noun, Gaelic Legend.
a legendary hero and poet and son of Finn, who is supposed to have lived during the 3rd century a.d., represented in Gaelic poems and in imitations of them written by James Macpherson in the 18th century.
Also, Oisin
[uh-sheen] /ʌˈʃin/ (Show IPA)
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  • And these grand characteristics of true poetry, as laid down by Weisse, Ossian certainly possessed.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • We may take as typical the story of Oisin, or Ossian, as told in Ireland.

    The Science of Fairy Tales Edwin Sidney Hartland
  • A general review of the Ossian question, in which the unauthentic character of the poems is asserted.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • If Ossian is not a myth, when and where did he live and sing?

  • What is more, the novel introduction of hexameters evoked a lively discussion and so stimulated the popular interest in Ossian.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • "Ossian" perhaps must have some of the credit: the Bible still more.

  • Laying aside these bardic properties, there really is little in the song that can be traced directly back to Ossian.

    Ossian in Germany Rudolf Tombo
  • After she had spoken, Diarmid turned to Ossian and his companions.

  • The harp is the musical instrument of Ossian; but the bagpipe, from time immemorial, has been the instrument of the Highlanders.

  • Ossian was the rage—quotations from the blind bard of Morven were in every one's mouth.

    Art in England Dutton Cook
British Dictionary definitions for Ossian


a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century ad See also Macpherson
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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