- a group of islands (Inner Hebrides and Outer Hebrides) off the W coast of and belonging to Scotland. About 2900 sq. mi. (7500 sq. km).
Also called Western Islands.
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Examples from the Web for hebridean
She is also defective in her knowledge of Hebridean geography.
From the Hebridean Isle of Fladdahuan comes a similar story.An Introduction to Mythology
As the vessel neared the shore, a large Hebridean eagle hovered over the masts.Memoirs of the Jacobites of 1715 and 1745
The Hebridean islands exceed 500 in number, of which one-fifth are inhabited.
Or has the silver herring been borne, by the wash of retreating surges, out into the Hebridean deep.Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland
Daniel Turner Holmes
- of or relating to the Hebrides or their inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of the Hebrides
- the Hebrides a group of over 500 islands off the W coast of Scotland: separated by the North Minch, Little Minch, and the Sea of the Hebrides: the chief islands are Skye, Raasay, Rum, Eigg, Coll, Tiree, Mull, Jura, Colonsay, and Islay (Inner Hebrides), and Lewis with Harris, North Uist, Benbecula, South Uist, and Barra (Outer Hebrides)Also known as: the Western Isles
Word Origin and History for hebridean
originally Ebudae, Haebudes, of uncertain origin. Apparently a scribal error turned -u- into -ri-. The Norse name, Suðregar, "Southern Islands," is relative to the Orkneys. Related: Hebridean.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper