Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • adjective Of or relating to the Hyperboreans.
  • adjective Of or relating to the far north; Arctic.
  • adjective Very cold; frigid.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • Arctic.
  • noun [capitalized] An inhabitant of the most northern region of the earth.
  • noun plural In ethnology, a group of arctic races.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Greek Myth.) One of the people who lived beyond the North wind, in a land of perpetual sunshine.
  • noun An inhabitant of the most northern regions.
  • adjective (Greek Myth.) Of or pertaining to the region beyond the North wind, or to its inhabitants.
  • adjective Northern; belonging to, or inhabiting, a region in very far north; most northern; hence, very cold; fright, .

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun (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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[From Latin Hyperboreus, from Hyperboreī, the Hyperboreans, from Greek Huperboreoi : huper-, hyper- + boreios, northern, or Boreās, the north wind, the north.]

Examples

  • 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.

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  • The Hyperborean stood still one moment as one eye bubbled up and melted out of his face.

    Conan Fan Fiction!

  • Conan shook the Hyperborean who glared back through pink eyes.

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  • Ahman-Rha, staring at the dead Hyperborean, shook his head.

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  • Binding the Hyperborean cruelly, Conan tossed him to the floor, allowing the man's bloody nose to drip onto a cheap rug.

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  • Conan lifted the Hyperborean by his collar and rolled him face down on the floor.

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  • 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.

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  • The Hyperborean stood still one moment as one eye bubbled up and melted out of his face.

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  • 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.

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  • The Hyperborean turned his head, pale eyes staring at the Cimmerian.

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