/ (əʊˈdʒɪdʒɪən) /


of very great age; prehistoric

Word Origin for Ogygian

C19: from Greek ōgugios relating to Ogyges, the most ancient king of Greece, mythical ruler of Boeotia or Attica

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Examples from the Web for ogygian

  • The Ogygian Islands are not far distant from the haven of Sammalo.

  • It must be remembered that it was the Ogygian deluge which was said to have been partial and to have inundated Attica.

    Tradition|John Francis Arundell
  • More sad and more despairing than Ulysses on the Ogygian shore, he too wasted away with home-sickness.

    Cord and Creese|James de Mille
  • Whenever Athens, or any other Greek city, is spoken of with any peculiar reverence, it is called “Ogygian.”

Word Origin and History for ogygian



1843, "of great antiquity or age," from Greek Ogygos, name of a mythical Attic or Boeotian king who even in classical times was thought to have lived very long ago. Also sometimes with reference to a famous flood said to have occurred in his day.

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