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  • n. One of a race of people in Greek mythology living in the extreme north, beyond the north wind.
  • n. Any person living in a northern country, or to the north.
  • adj. Pertaining to the extreme north of the earth, or (usually jocular) to a specific northern country or area.


Late Latin hyperboreanus, cognate with classical Latin hyperboreus; the Greek word was Ύπερβορεος, i.e. ύπερ + βορειος ‘northern’. (Wiktionary)


  • But the Northland's hyperborean laugh was not yet ended.

    The Gold Hunters of the North

  • Trees come and go, the hyperborean wields saw and chain, and drags away the remains.

    saltminer's archive I

  • Moreover, there was the seclusion of the island, and the sense - from this almost hyperborean perspective - of Edinburgh and London being distant, southern cities, veritable tropical hotbeds of steamy licentiousness.

    Jura Duty

  • A gentle smile, decorous as the presence required, passed over the assembly, at a feat which, though by no means wonderful in a hyperborean, seemed prodigious in the estimation of the moderate Greeks.

    Count Robert of Paris

  • I will break my natural 23rd street northern boundary and trek up to the hyperborean wilds of the greater Lincoln Center area with you.


  • Abaris, priest of the hyperborean Apollo, who it is pretended was contemporary with Pythagoras, was still more famous for his rod.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Never is this pretty variety of woman to be seen in the hyperborean regions of the Rue

    Another Study of a Woman

  • After this exercise, he blew a hyperborean whistle, as if to blow his wrath away.

    The Virginians

  • Rice grows in the valleys, but there is not much cultivation, and the country looks rough, cold, and hyperborean.

    Unbeaten Tracks in Japan

  • Ascending in the hyperborean conditions, I skinned on alpine-touring gear until the grade became too steep for my ski skins to hold on to the slope.

    127 Hours

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