- pertaining to Scythia, its people, or their language.
- a native or inhabitant of Scythia.
- the Iranian language spoken by the ancient Scythians.
Origin of Scythian
Examples from the Web for scythian
No; nor the Scythian neither, nor the Greek, nor the hyperborean.Christianity and Greek Philosophy
Benjamin Franklin Cocker
His mother was Cleobule, the daughter of Gylon by a Scythian lady.
Unfortunately it is not only in the Scythian army that the error spreads.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 1
Assyria, when the Scythian wave had passed, was but the shadow of her former self.History of Phoenicia
Look at that low-browed Scythian slave: he has been a pickpocket and a jail-bird.The Life of St. Paul
- of or relating to ancient Scythia, its inhabitants, or their language
- a member of an ancient nomadic people of Scythia
- the extinct language of this people, belonging to the East Iranian branch of the Indo-European family
Word Origin and History for scythian
1540s, from Latin Scythia, from Greek Skythia, name anciently given to the region along the north coast of the Black Sea, from Skythes "a Scythian," said to be from an Indo-European root meaning "shepherd" [Room]. As an adjective from 1560s. Herodotus is responsible for Scythian disease or Scythian insanity.