Scythian

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj Scythian of or relating to the ancient Scythians or their culture or language
    • n Scythian the Iranian language spoken by the ancient Scythians
    • n Scythian a member of the ancient nomadic people inhabiting Scythia
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In Siberia, in 1994, a container full of marijuana was discovered in the 2,000-year-old grave of a Scythian princess and priestess, among the many other articles buried with her.
    • Scythian A native or inhabitant of Scythia; specifically Ethnol, one of a Slavonic race which in early times occupied Eastern Europe.
    • a Scythian Of or pertaining to Scythia (a name given to the northern part of Asia, and Europe adjoining to Asia), or its language or inhabitants.
    • Scythian The language of the Scythians.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Scythian Pertaining to the Scythians, or to Seythia, an ancient region of indefinite extent north of the Black Sea, or in the northern and central parts of Asia.
    • Scythian Pertaining to the family of languages sometimes called Ural-Altaic or Turanian.
    • n Scythian A member of an ancient nomadic race, found in the steppe regions from the Carpathian mountains eastward. The Scythians have been thought to be of Mongolian or more probably of Aryan descent.
    • Scythian In geology, noting the lowest series of the Triassic system in the Mediterranean basin, comprising the Brahmanian and Jakutian stages.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Scythian sith′i-an pertaining to an ancient nomadic race in the northern parts of Asia
    • n Scythian one belonging to this race
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Usage

In literature:

As tho' thy son, in Scythian climes forlorn, Beneath the Bear with all its snows was born.
"Béarn and the Pyrenees" by Louisa Stuart Costello
ALEXANDER AND THE SCYTHIAN AMBASSADORS.
"The Palace of Pleasure, Volume 1" by William Painter
The Greeks mention these barbarians as the Scythians, and divided them into three classes.
"The Story of Russia" by R. Van Bergen
The Scythian king of Ecbatana, the Cyaxares of the Greeks, came to the help of the Babylonians.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
But we must return to the Scythians.
"Darius the Great" by Jacob Abbott
By war and tempest to be borne along, To strew, like leaves, the Scythian strand?
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine -- Volume 57, No. 351, January 1845" by Various
What is worse than the Scythian shore?
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898 - Volume 40 of 55" by Francisco Colin
He advanced with a powerful army, but ill prepared for such an expedition, into the Scythian wastes.
"The History of Sandford and Merton" by Thomas Day
The Scythians, however, if such they can properly be called, who lived on the borders of the Caspian Sea, were not wholly uncivilized.
"Cyrus the Great" by Jacob Abbott
The Scythians, being a stout and a warlike nation, as divers writers report, never see any vaine sights, or spirits.
"Witch Stories" by E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
Here dwelt the num'rous Scythian tribes of old, A dreadful race!
"The Lusiad" by Luís de Camões
On the walls were Banfy's own warriors; about six hundred, in full armor, with long Turkish guns and with Scythian helmets.
"The Golden Age in Transylvania" by Mór Jókai
Diplomacy backed up by vigorous preparations may have deterred the Scythians from the dangerous enterprise of crossing the desert to Egypt.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 1" by Various
The languages were in turn regarded as descended from Hebrew, Teutonic and Scythian.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 5" by Various
So far the Scythian spoke well.
"Tony Butler" by Charles James Lever
He was slain by a Scythian Saumacus who led a rebellion against him.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Slice 3" by Various
Your Scythian home, over the hated sea, They came with you.
"Yolanda of Cyprus" by Cale Young Rice
They were supposed to be one-eyed (hence their Scythian name), and to steal gold from the griffins that guarded it.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
Woe to the Scythian Ice-world of the Don!
"The Poetical Works of Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, Bart. M.P." by Edward Bulwer Lytton
A Scythian philosopher who flourished about 250 B.C.
"A Biographical Dictionary of Freethinkers of All Ages and Nations" by Joseph Mazzini Wheeler
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In poetry:

To Scythian and Cantabrian plots,
Pay them no heed, O Quintius!
So long as we
From care are free,
Vexations cannot cinch us.
"To Quintus Hirpinus" by Eugene Field
Greek, Jew, Barbarian, Scythian, bond or free,
Unknown in Christ — himself is all in all!
Come on, blest hour, when by a sure decree
Falls the last fragment of dividing wall.
"The Rose Of The Wilderness (Gathered In Crossing A Portage On The River Winnipeg)" by George Jehoshaphat Mountain
Of my wild lot I thought; from place to place,
Apollo's song-bowed Scythian, I go on;
Making in all my home, with pliant ways,
But, provident of change, putting forth root in none.
"The Cloud's Swan-Song" by Francis Thompson
We shall abandon Europe and her charm.
We shall resort to Scythian craft and guile.
Swift to the woods and forests we shall swarm,
And then look back, and smile our slit-eyed smile.
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
You are but millions. Our unnumbered nations
Are as the sands upon the sounding shore.
We are the Scythians! We are the slit-eyed Asians!
Try to wage war with us—you'll try no more!
"The Scythians" by Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
We are blessed hordes of freely roaming Scythians,
More than anything we value freedom.
Having quit the castle of Olvia with its wrought griffins,
Hidden from our foes, we will always overtake them.
"Scythians" by Konstantin Dmitrievich Balmont

In news:

For more than 400 years, invincible in their gold armor and gold-tipped spears, the ancient Scythians ruled from the Danube east to what is now Ukraine.
Patrons of the finest Greek goldsmiths, the Scythians commissioned lavish objects for adornment, ceremony and battle.
Scythian 's raucous four-song set brings the Morgantown audience to its feet — not just at the end of the performance, but throughout.
Scythian On Mountain Stage.
Scythian Rocks JCC's Scharmann Theater.
Scythian played a diverse 90-minute set in front of a sold out ArtParty crowd in Jamestown Community College's Scharmann Theater on Saturday night, bringing attendees to their feet on several occasions.
Making the switch to Celtic fiddling, Joe forms the second half of Scythian 's signature "dueling fiddles" and is known for his jazzy "dirt & grit" style.
Scythian, Seamus Kennedy and Switchback .
Chronicle file photo/Nick Tremmel Scythian band members Alexander Fedoryka, left to right, Josef Crosby, and Danylo Fedoryka will perform Friday and Saturday at the 2008 Michigan Irish Music Festival.
Punching out for the weekend with Scythian.
The ancient Scythians discouraged frivolous prophecies by burning to death any soothsayer whose predictions didn't come true.
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