[thoh-nee-uh n]

adjective Classical Mythology.

of or relating to the deities, spirits, and other beings dwelling under the earth.

Also chthon·ic [thon-ik] /ˈθɒn ɪk/.

Origin of chthonian

1840–50; < Greek chthóni(os) (chthon-, stem of chthṓn earth + -ios adj. suffix) + -an; akin to Latin humus earth (see humus) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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chthonic (ˈθɒnɪk)


of or relating to the underworld

Word Origin for chthonian

C19: from Greek khthonios in or under the earth, from khthōn earth
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Word Origin and History for chthonian

1804, from Latinized form of Greek khthonios (see chthonic) + -an.

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