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noun Egyptian Religion.
  1. the king and judge of the dead, the husband and brother of Isis, and father (or brother) of Horus, killed by Set but later resurrected (after Horus killed Set): usually depicted as a man, partly wrapped as a mummy, having a beard and wearing the atef-crown.
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Related formsO·si·ri·an [oh-sahy-ree-uh n] /oʊˈsaɪ ri ən/, adjective
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Historical Examples of osirian

  • The rascal fell upon me, and killed my dog and—by my Osirian father!

    Uarda, Complete

    Georg Ebers

  • Mummification was, as has been said, probably an invention of the Osirian cult.

  • Gold lay upon the world, and the face of Egypt wore her great Osirian look.

    The Wave

    Algernon Blackwood

  • He was too closely connected with the Osirian cycle to be forgotten by the Phoenicians after they had adopted his companions.

  • More to the point is one of the original "Osirian hymns" mentioned by Plutarch.

British Dictionary definitions for osirian


  1. an ancient Egyptian god, ruler of the underworld and judge of the dead
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Derived FormsOsirian, adjective
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Word Origin and History for osirian


name of a principal god of Egypt, judge of the dead, from Latin Osiris, from Greek, from Egyptian Asar. Related: Osirian.

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