- of or relating to Chios or its inhabitants.
- a native or inhabitant of Chios.
Origin of Chian
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Examples from the Web for chian
This Formian wine (which I prefer to the Chian), how exquisite!Imaginary Conversations and Poems
Walter Savage Landor
The slave-markets of Egypt and Tunis were glutted with Chian captives.History of Modern Europe 1972-1878
C. A. Fyffe
Hence we may most naturally account for the belief that Homer was a Chian.
I want the fig of Chios, not a flavorless fig; and in you this Chian fig is flavorless.The Satyricon, Complete
The slave markets of Northern Africa were glutted with Chian women and children.A History of the Nineteenth Century, Year by Year
- of or relating to Chios
- a native or inhabitant of Chios
Word Origin and History for chian
"pertaining to the Greek island of Chios," 1630s. The island name is of uncertain origin, perhaps related to Greek khion "snow."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper