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Prussian

[pruhsh-uh n] /ˈprʌʃ ən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to Prussia or its inhabitants.
2.
characterized by, exemplifying, or resembling Prussianism.
noun
3.
a native or inhabitant of Prussia.
4.
(originally) one of a Lettic people formerly inhabiting territory along and near the coast at the southeastern corner of the Baltic Sea.
5.
a Baltic language formerly spoken in Prussia; Old Prussian.
Abbreviation: Pruss.
Origin of Prussian
1555-1565
1555-65; Prussi(a) + -an
Related forms
non-Prussian, noun, adjective
pro-Prussian, adjective, noun
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Examples from the Web for Prussian
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  • A Prussian, I mean, in your gross way of blurting out everything.

    Vittoria, Complete George Meredith
  • But she could not face the Prussian scourge alone—she could not.

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • The Prussian King allowed him on his departure a pension of 16,000 francs.

    Great Musical Composers George T. Ferris
  • I am a Prussian, it is not necessary for me to know; but the regiment moves, and I move!

    Lorraine Robert W. Chambers
  • From the beginning the Hohenzollern have been identified with the Prussian State.

  • "I know," said the other, who by now had taken a great liking to the young Prussian.

    Historic Boyhoods Rupert Sargent Holland
  • To “crush Prussian militarism” does not mean only to crush the German armies.

British Dictionary definitions for Prussian

Prussian

/ˈprʌʃən/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or characteristic of Prussia or its people, esp of the Junkers and their formal military tradition
noun
2.
a German native or inhabitant of Prussia
3.
a member of a Baltic people formerly inhabiting the coastal area of the SE Baltic
4.
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Word Origin and History for Prussian

1550s (n.), 1560s (adj.), from Prussia + -an. Prussian blue pigment (1724) came to English from French bleu de Prusse, so called for being discovered in Berlin, the Prussian capital.

All in all, it seems that Prussian blue was synthesised for the first time around 1706 by the Swiss immigrant Johann Jacob Diesbach in Berlin. [Jens Bartoll and Bärbel Jackisch, "Prussian Blue: A Chronology of the Early Years," "Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung" 24, No. 1, 2010]
Early German sources refer to it as Preußisches Ultra-Marin and berliner blau. Prussic acid (1790), is from French acide prussique, so called in reference to prussian blue pigment, to which it is chemically related.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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