Æolian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Æolian Of or pertaining to Æolia or Æolis, in Asia Minor, colonized by the Greeks, or to its inhabitants; æolic; as, the Æolian dialect.
    • Æolian Pertaining to Æolus, the mythic god of the winds; aërial. "Viewless forms the æolian organ play."
    • Æolian relating to or caused by wind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • æolian Pertaining to Æolus, the god of the winds in Greek mythology, and hence sometimes (with or without a capital) to the wind in general: as, the Æolian Isles (now the Lipari islands, north of Sicily), the fabled home of the god. Also written Eolian and Aiolian.
    • æolian Due to atmospheric action; windblown: as, an æolian deposit: applied, in geology, to accumulations of detrital material, especially fine sand and loam, which have been carried to their present position by the wind. By far the most important deposit of this kind is the loess of northwestern China (see loess), and it was to designate this peculiar and most remarkable formation that the term æolian was applied in geology in place of subaerial (which see). Also written eolian.
    • æolian Pertaining to the branch of the Greek race named from Æolus, son of Hellen, or to Æolia or Æolis, a district of Asia Minor north of Ionia colonized by and named from them.
    • æolian The ninth of the Gregorian church modes or scales. It was the fifth of the authentic modes, and consisted of a step + a half step + two steps + a half step + two steps, represented by the natural notes of the staff beginning with A and counting upward.
    • n æolian A member of one of the three great divisions of the ancient Greek race, the two other divisions being the Dorian and the Ionian. Also written Eolian and Aiolian. The inhabitants of Æolis, of part of Thessaly, of Bœotia and much of central Greece, of Arcadia, and other districts not Dorian or Ionian, were commonly accounted Æolians. The Acheans, when not spoken of as a distinct race of Greeks, were also included among the Æolians.
    • n æolian Same as Æolic.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Aeolius, Gr.

Usage

In literature:

There was never yet such a storm but it was A?olian music to a healthy and innocent ear.
"Walden, and On The Duty Of Civil Disobedience" by Henry David Thoreau
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In poetry:

Like an Æolian sound
Out of an ocean shell,
Which fills the air around
With music such as fell
From lips of Israfel;
"Song To Isa Singing" by Thomas Holley Chivers
A deft musician does the breeze become
Whenever an Æolian harp it finds:
Hornpipe and hurdygurdy both are dumb
Unto the most musicianly of winds.
"Epigrams" by William Watson
Now the nightingales in anguish
To cold, ashen roses moan;
Now a sound of desolate wailing
In the darkened palace lone
From a harp Æolian quavers
Broken on an empty throne.
"Treachery" by Madison Julius Cawein
At my soul some Protean elf is;
You're Simaetha; I am Delphis.
You are Sappho and your Phaon,
I.--We love.--There lies a ray on
All the Dark Æolian seas
'Round the violet Lesbian leas.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part II" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Pallbearers at services held Tuesday at Ponder Funeral Home in Sikeston for Olian Lee Pigg Sr. Who died Dec 9, 2005, were: Donnie Nance, James Nance, Shawn Hicks, Steven Pigg , William Adams and Keith Oldenkamp.
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