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[yook-sin, -sahyn]
  1. of or relating to the Black Sea.
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Examples from the Web for euxine

Historical Examples

  • The disquisition on the reasons for the Euxine's freezing over is, however, new.

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  • From Egypt to the Euxine Sea, the bishops were in arms and in motion.

  • No corn-ships could now reach them from the Euxine Sea, and few from other quarters.

  • It was a colony of Miletus, and was the most important Greek city north of the Euxine.

  • It then enters Themiscyra, and discharges itself into the Euxine.

Word Origin and History for euxine


archaic name for the Black Sea, from Latin Pontus Euxinus, from Greek Pontos Euxenios, literally "the hospitable sea," a euphemism for Pontos Axeinos, "the inhospitable sea."

According to Room, The Old Persian name for the sea was akhshaena, literally "dark," probably in reference to the sudden, dangerous storms that make the sea perilous to sailors and darken its face, and the Greeks took this untranslated as Pontos Axeinos, which was interpeted as the similar-sounding Greek word axenos "inhospitable." Thus the modern English name could reflect the Old Persian one.

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