- the Greek dialect of ancient Aeolis and Thessaly; Aeolian.
- Architecture. noting or pertaining to a capital used in the Greek territories of the eastern Aegean in the 7th and 6th centuries b.c., having two volutes rising from a shaft in opposite directions, and often having below them two convex rings of leaf ornament in the form of water-lily buds.
- Aeolian2(def 1).
Origin of Aeolic
1730–40; < Latin Aeolicus < Greek Aiolikós, equivalent to Aioleús (plural Aioleîs) + -ikos -ic
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Examples from the Web for aeolic
This poem, like the preceding one, is written in the Aeolic dialect.Theocritus, Bion and Moschus
It is to be remembered that as a patronymic Τελαμώνιος is an Aeolic formation.
And what need is there for supposing that an Aeolic poem must contain any Aeolic characters at all?
In the Iliad, as we have it, only a small proportion of the characters at most can be regarded as Aeolic.
The other Aeolic and Ionic leaders are distinctly less prominent.
- of or relating to the Aeolians or their dialect
- one of four chief dialects of Ancient Greek, spoken chiefly in Thessaly, Boeotia, and Aeolis
- a variant spelling of Aeolic
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