chthonian

[ thoh-nee-uh n ]
/ ˈθoʊ ni ən /

adjective Classical Mythology.

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

Nearby words

  1. chrysotile,
  2. chrétien,
  3. chrétien de troyes,
  4. chrétien, jean,
  5. chs.,
  6. chthonic,
  7. chu,
  8. chu chiang,
  9. chu hsi,
  10. chu kiang

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)

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British Dictionary definitions for chthonian

chthonian

chthonic (ˈθɒnɪk)

/ (ˈθəʊnɪən) /

adjective

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

chthonian

adj.

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

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