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Cimmerian

[si-meer-ee-uh n]
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adjective
  1. Classical Mythology. of, relating to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness.
  2. very dark; gloomy: deep, Cimmerian caverns.
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Related formsCim·me·ri·an·ism, noun
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Examples from the Web for cimmerian

Historical Examples

  • In a valley among the black Cimmerian mountains the death-god Somnus had his abode.

    A Book of Myths

    Jean Lang

  • There was something about the confidence in the Cimmerian's dark face that shook him.

    A Witch Shall Be Born

    Robert E. Howard

  • The helmeted guards at the frontier did not question the Cimmerian.

    The Hour of the Dragon

    Robert E. Howard

  • He and the Cimmerian knew each other of old, and without love.

    Jewels of Gwahlur

    Robert E. Howard

  • The tall Cimmerian was forced to bend his head as he stood up.

    Jewels of Gwahlur

    Robert E. Howard


British Dictionary definitions for cimmerian

Cimmerian

adjective
  1. (sometimes not capital) very dark; gloomy
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noun
  1. Greek myth one of a people who lived in a land of darkness at the edge of the world
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Word Origin and History for cimmerian

Cimmerian

adj.

late 16c., "pertaining to the Cimmerii," an ancient nomadic people who, according to Herodotus, inhabited the region around the Crimea, and who, according to Assyrian sources, overran Asia Minor 7c. B.C.E.; from Latin Cimmerius, from Greek Kimmerios. Homer described their land as a place of perpetual mist and darkness beyond the ocean, but whether he had in mind the same people Herodotus did, or any real place, is unclear.

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