Hyperborean

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Hyperborean (Greek mythology) one of a people that the ancient Greeks believed lived in a warm and sunny land north of the source of the north wind
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Hyperborean An inhabitant of the most northern regions.
    • Hyperborean Northern; belonging to, or inhabiting, a region in very far north; most northern; hence, very cold; fright, as, a hyperborean coast or atmosphere. "The hyperborean or frozen sea."
    • Hyperborean (Greek Myth) Of or pertaining to the region beyond the North wind, or to its inhabitants.
    • Hyperborean (Greek Myth) One of the people who lived beyond the North wind, in a land of perpetual sunshine.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Hyperborean Situated in or inhabiting the far north: as, the hyperborean regions; a hyperborean race; the hyperborean phalarope.
    • Hyperborean Hence Very cold; frigid.
    • Hyperborean [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the imaginary race of Hyperboreans.
    • Hyperborean Arctic.
    • n Hyperborean [capitalized] An inhabitant of the most northern region of the earth. In early Greek legend the Hyperboreans were a people who lived beyond the north wind, and were not exposed to its blasts, but enjoyed a land of perpetual sunshine and abundant fruits. They were free from disease, violence, and war. Their natural life lasted 1,000 years, and was spent in the worship of Apollo. In later times the Greeks gave the name to the inhabitants of northern countries generally.
    • n Hyperborean plural In ethnology, a group of arctic races.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hyperborean hī-per-bō′rē-an belonging to the extreme north
    • n Hyperborean an inhabitant of the extreme north
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. hyperboreus, Gr. ; "ype`r over, beyond + . See Boreas

Usage

In literature:

As for this fellow we men will see to him: I reckon he is bound for Egypt or for Cyprus or to the Hyperboreans or further still.
"Hesiod, The Homeric Hymns, and Homerica" by Homer and Hesiod
On the thick Hyperborean, cherubic reasoning, seraphic eloquence were lost.
"Sartor Resartus The Life and Opinions of Herr Teufelsdrockh" by Thomas Carlyle
It was like some Hyperborean hell, and we the doomed wretches sentenced to our eternity of toil.
"John Splendid" by Neil Munro
Well quoted, my Orange-plumed Hyperborean hero!
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 104, March 18, 1893" by Various
For it is true that the mission we lay upon you is more difficult than any into the land of the Scythian or Hyperborean.
"Peter the Priest" by Mór Jókai
Hyperboreans have a mental disease which renders them liable to suggestion.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
According to his mellow descriptions, the equator has a decided advantage over these dull, temperate, hyperborean regions.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine, Vol. 3, July, 1851" by Various
No; nor the Scythian neither, nor the Greek, nor the hyperborean.
"Christianity and Greek Philosophy" by Benjamin Franklin Cocker
They called the inhabitants Hyperboreans, or the people beyond the north wind.
"ZigZag Journeys in Northern Lands;" by Hezekiah Butterworth
The mighty Norseman, too, in his own sinewy Hyperborean style, is full of joy.
"An Ocean Tramp" by William McFee
The light hung over the hyperborean landscape as if loath to leave.
"With the World's Great Travellers, Volume 1" by Various
What then must be their appearance during the long, trying winter of these hyperborean regions?
"Due North or Glimpses of Scandinavia and Russia" by Maturin M. Ballou
His dwelling-place was on Mount Haemus in Thrace, or at Salmydessus, near the country of the Hyperboreans.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 2" by Various
What weariness to the flesh is this tedious climb to regions hyperborean!
"Romantic Spain" by John Augustus O'Shea
Abaris, priest of the hyperborean Apollo, who it is pretended was contemporary with Pythagoras, was still more famous for his rod.
"A Philosophical Dictionary, Volume 9 (of 10)" by François-Marie Arouet (AKA Voltaire)
This island is inhabited by the Hyperboreans, so named because they live beyond the region of the north wind.
"The Student's Mythology" by Catherine Ann White
His favorite place of abode was in the Hyperborean Mountains, from whence he sallied forth on wild raids.
"Myths of Greece and Rome" by H. A. Guerber
According to other accounts their home was among the Hyperboreans.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 13, Slice 4" by Various
The theory of H. L. Ahrens, that Hyperboreans and Perpherees are identical, is now widely accepted.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 14, Slice 2" by Various
We are familiar with the old legend to the effect that the abode of the Hyperboreans was in some distant region far beyond the North Wind!
"The Land of Tomorrow" by William B Stephenson, Jr.
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In poetry:

"Hyperborean doves be here
Prophetic, and when snow
Hoars nature, cut thou, Druid-like,
The immortal mistletoe."
"Immortal Eve - I" by Manmohan Ghose
One word he spake, one icy word -
No man among them stood exempt -
It froze each listener who heard
With hyperborean contempt.
"The Impervious Iceberg" by C J Dennis
By Scythian stream and Colchian shore,
Where Rhine majestic flows,
Where dwell the Dacians wont to hide
Their fear of Roman foes,
O'er Afric's sand, and Hyperborean plain,
Shall sweep in cadence soft my touching strain.
"From Horace: Book II:Ode II" by Peter John Allan