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noun Latin.
  1. Ireland.
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Examples from the Web for hibernia

Historical Examples

  • On coming opposite we hoisted signal 292 which is the number of the Hibernia.

    A Journey to America in 1834

    Robert Heywood

  • Wrote a short letter to C. telling them of my return by the Hibernia on the 10th.

  • The betting has been in favour of the Hibernia, and she has again beaten her great rival.

  • Hibernia is an Hebrew word, and means from beyond the river of waters.

  • On the 20th Colonel Dalgety at Hibernia reported that he had been surrounded.

British Dictionary definitions for hibernia


  1. the Roman name for Ireland
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This name is now used poetically
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Word Origin and History for hibernia


Roman name for Ireland, from Old Celtic *Iveriu "Ireland" (see Irish). Form altered in Latin as though it meant "land of winter" (see hibernation).

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