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Scythian

[ sith-ee-uhn ]

adjective

  1. pertaining to Scythia, its people, or their language.


noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Scythia.
  2. the Iranian language spoken by the ancient Scythians.

ˈScythian

/ ˈsɪðɪən /

adjective

  1. of or relating to ancient Scythia, its inhabitants, or their language


noun

  1. a member of an ancient nomadic people of Scythia
  2. the extinct language of this people, belonging to the East Iranian branch of the Indo-European family

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Word History and Origins

Origin of Scythian1

First recorded in 1535–45; Scythi(a) + -an

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Example Sentences

The dominions of Alexander and of Trajan were small when compared with the immense area of the Scythian desert.

I propose something better for you, I promise you, than such a second Scythian festivity.

They rejoiced to think that they had a genuine Scythian among them.

It isn't as if the matter related to a Scythian war-chariot, or a gold ornament from a prehistoric tomb, or variæ lectiones.

Alluding to Tamburlaine the great, or the Scythian Shepheard, 1590, 8vo.

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