- (lowercase) Geology. noting or pertaining to sand or rock material carried or arranged by the wind.
Origin of Eolian
Origin of Aeolian2
Examples from the Web for eolian
They form approximately 40 percent of eolian depositional surfaces.
Mars is the only other planet on which we have identified wind-shaped (eolian) features.
The leaves seem to tremble and vibrate like the strings of an Eolian harp.Under the Southern Cross
Maturin M. Ballou
What is the nature of the rocks belonging to the Arial or Eolian group?Geology
Striking it with still greater violence, I could hear a prolonged musical vibration, that reminded me of an Eolian harp.The Boy Tar
- a variant spelling of Aeolian
- of or relating to the wind; produced or carried by the wind
- a member of a Hellenic people who settled in Thessaly and Boeotia and colonized Lesbos and parts of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor
- of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Aeolic
- of or relating to Aeolus
- denoting or relating to an authentic mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from A to A: the basis of the modern minor keySee also Hypo-
Word Origin and History for eolian
c.1600, "of the wind," from Latin Æolus "god of the winds," from Greek Aiolos, from aiolos "quickly moving." Æolian harp first recorded 1791. The ancient district of Aiolis in Asia Minor was said to have been named for the wind god, hence Æolian also refers to one branch of the ancient Greek people.
- Relating to, caused by, or carried by the wind. Loess is an eolian deposit.
- See eolian.