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Scythian

[sith-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. pertaining to Scythia, its people, or their language.
noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Scythia.
  2. the Iranian language spoken by the ancient Scythians.

Origin of Scythian

First recorded in 1535–45; Scythi(a) + -an
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Examples from the Web for scythian

Historical Examples

  • 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.

  • Assyria, when the Scythian wave had passed, was but the shadow of her former self.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

  • Look at that low-browed Scythian slave: he has been a pickpocket and a jail-bird.


British Dictionary definitions for scythian

Scythian

adjective
  1. of or relating to ancient Scythia, its inhabitants, or their language
noun
  1. a member of an ancient nomadic people of Scythia
  2. the extinct language of this people, belonging to the East Iranian branch of the Indo-European family
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Word Origin and History for scythian

Scythian

n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper