American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Greek Mythology One of a people known to the ancient Greeks from the earliest times, living in a perpetually warm and sunny land north of the source of the north wind.
- adj. Of or relating to the Hyperboreans.
- adj. Of or relating to the far north; Arctic.
- adj. Very cold; frigid.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Situated in or inhabiting the far north: as, the hyperborean regions; a hyperborean race; the hyperborean phalarope.
- Hence Very cold; frigid.
- [capitalized] Of or pertaining to the imaginary race of Hyperboreans.
- n. [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. plural In ethnology, a group of arctic races.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. (Greek Myth.) Of or pertaining to the region beyond the North wind, or to its inhabitants.
- adj. Northern; belonging to, or inhabiting, a region in very far north; most northern; hence, very cold; fright, .
- n. (Greek Myth.) One of the people who lived beyond the North wind, in a land of perpetual sunshine.
- n. An inhabitant of the most northern regions.
- n. (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
- From Latin Hyperboreus, from Hyperboreī, the Hyperboreans, from Greek Huperboreoi : huper-, hyper- + boreios, northern, or Boreās, the north wind, the north. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“And dwelleth in those hills that are called Hyperborean, and are most enemies to horses and men, and grieveth them most, and layeth in his nest a stone that hight Smaragdus against venomous beasts of the mountain.”
“I believe Nietzsche has much to offer in the way of critical analysis of society, culture and politics, but one must keep in mind the incredible ego of the Hyperborean, and his eventual madness.”
“Around her were the Hyperborean and Stygian priests, all covered in the arcane signs of Acheron, which before had been the written language of the serpent people, deadly enemies of Kull, king of Valusia.”
“Conan lifted the Hyperborean by his collar and rolled him face down on the floor.”
“The Hyperborean stood still one moment as one eye bubbled up and melted out of his face.”
“The Hyperborean turned his head, pale eyes staring at the Cimmerian.”
“Binding the Hyperborean cruelly, Conan tossed him to the floor, allowing the man's bloody nose to drip onto a cheap rug.”
“Conan shook the Hyperborean who glared back through pink eyes.”
“Ahman-Rha, staring at the dead Hyperborean, shook his head.”
“I am going to call back the spirit of the Hyperborean and he will tell us all, or I will banish his shade to the underworld.”
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