• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Hercynian Of or pertaining to an extensive forest in Germany, of which there are still portions in Swabia and the Hartz mountains.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Hercynian Of or pertaining to the forest-covered mountain-system of Germany. The word varied greatly in its application. Some ancient geographers made it cover a large part of Germany, while later writers restricted it to Bohemia, Moravia, etc.
    • Hercynian In geology: Applied to a division of the Precambrian crystalline rocks in Westphalia, termed by Gümbel the Hercynian gneiss, lying above more highly altered rocks, and beneath those which are less altered and consist of mica schists and shales.
    • Hercynian First applied to the lowest Devonian strata of the Harz Mountains and Westphalia, but subsequently restricted so as to refer to the calcareous or deeper water facies of these early Devonian rocks and their organic contents.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Hercynian her-sin′i-an of or pertaining to the forest-covered mountain region of northern Germany—apart the Harz Mountains.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. Hercynia, silva, Hercynius, saltus, the Hercynian forest; cf. Gr.


In literature:

Moreover the Hercynian Forest attends for a while its native Cattans, then suddenly forsakes them.
"Tacitus on Germany" by Tacitus
A poetic atmosphere from the Hercynian woods and the monuments of ancient days surrounded our lives.
"The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood The Autobiography Of Georg Ebers, Complete" by Georg Ebers
It is supposed to be a part of the Hercynian Forest.
"A Dialogue Concerning Oratory, Or The Causes Of Corrupt Eloquence" by Cornelius Tacitus
"A Handbook for Latin Clubs" by Various
And I can so well understand the Romans, their terror of the bristling Hercynian wood.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
Elks, the Hercynian, 250.
"The Book-Hunter at Home" by P. B. M. Allan
The breadth of this Hercynian forest which has been referred to above is, to a quick traveler, a journey of nine days.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 7" by Various
The fauna has Hercynian affinities.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 8, Slice 3" by Various
Its surface is controlled throughout by the "Hercynian" folds, running from the Kerry border eastward to the sea at Youghal.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 7, Slice 4" by Various
It is the "Hercynian chain" of Marcel Bertrand, and is composed entirely of Palaeozoic rocks.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Slice 5" by Various

In poetry:

From such a world, all touch, all ear, all eye,
What marvel, then, if proud Abstraction fly;
Amid Hercynian shades pursue his theme,
And leave the land of Locke to gold and steam?
"Pretence. Part II - The Library" by John Kenyon