- an ancient province of the Persian empire, SE of the Caspian Sea.
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Examples from the Web for hyrcanian
There lay Hyrcania; and several Roman writers speak of the Hyrcanian tigers.The Plant Hunters
It was like an eagle in the Hyrcanian mountains, swooping down on a lamb.Quintus Claudius, Volume 1 of 2
And the rivers sink into their channels; Dragons, Hyrcanian tigers stand fast at my bidding!The Satyricon, Complete
Among the peculiarities recorded of the Hyrcanian sea, Eudoxus and others relate the following.
The western side should therefore in strictness be called the Caspian; the eastern, the Hyrcanian.
- of or relating to Hyrcania
- an ancient district of Asia, southeast of the Caspian Sea
Word Origin and History for hyrcanian
ancient region southeast of the Caspian Sea, from Greek Hyrkania, said to be from an Indo-European *verkana "country of wolves" [Zonn, I., et al., "The Caspian Sea Encyclopedia," 2010]
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