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  • adj. Pertaining to the north; northern.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Northern; boreal; hyperborean.


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From Latin septentrionalis, from septentriones ("seven ploughoxen"), a name for the constellations now known as Ursus Major and Ursus Minor, which appear in the northern sky.


  • Los trabajos de Persiles y Sigismunda, historia septentrional

    Publication Date List

  • Diario y Derrotero de lo camion ado, visto y observado en la visita que lo hizo a los presidios de la Nueva Espana septentrional.


  • Pedro de Rivera Villalón, Diario y derrotero de lo camionado, visto y observado en la visita que lo hizo a los presidios de la Nueva Espana septentrional.


  • Mollusques du Noukchottien Mauritanie et Sénégal septentrional.

    Banc d'Arguin National Park, Mauritania

  • I guess true poverty, like winter, is always glossed over when you're young, but those days in Chapel Hill, when the septentrional blasts were blanketing the town with freezing rain and news of war, are particularly easy to recall.

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  • And on this half, toward the west, is the kingdom of Turkestan, that stretcheth him toward the west to the kingdom of Persia, and toward the septentrional to the kingdom of Khorasan.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • For I have been toward the parts of Brabant, and beholden the Astrolabe that the star that is clept the Transmontane is fifty-three degrees high; and more further in Almayne and Bohemia it hath fifty-eight degrees; and more further toward the parts septentrional it is sixty-two degrees of height and certain minutes; for I myself have measured it by the Astrolabe.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • In like manner, Johann Baros testifieth that the cosmographers of China (where he himself had been) affirm that the sea coast trendeth from thence north-east to fifty degrees of septentrional latitude, being the farthest part that way, which the

    The North-West Passage

  • At sea, septentrional, by night the polestar, located at the point of intersection of the right line from beta to alpha in Ursa


  • Then to take traverse from 45 to 47 degrees of latitude, if we be enforced by contrary winds; and not to go to the northward of the height of 47 degrees of septentrional latitude by no means, if God shall not enforce the contrary; but to do your endeavour to keep in the height of 46 degrees, so near as you can possibly, because Cape Race lieth about that height.

    Sir Humphrey Gilbert's Voyage to Newfoundland


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  • "To get from Beijing to Pyongyang, one went either by rail or by air: the first entailed a forty-eight-hour journey with a stop of indeterminate length at the Sino-Korean border before travelling north at a snail's pace through the septentrional regions of North Korea since there had recently been a catastrophic explosion that had destroyed a railway station and two trains, resulting in countless victims."

    The Patagonian Hare by Claude Lanzmann, translated by Frank Wynne, p 315 of the Farrar, Straus and Giroux hardcover edition

    April 18, 2013

  • The epigraph to Aurorarama by Jean-Christophe Valtat is a quote from "The True Levellers Standard Advanced," attributed differently (I imagine to fit into the world of the book). So, the epigraph and its in-book attribution:

    "It was shewed us by Vision in Dreams, and out of Dreams, That that should be the Place we should begin upon; And though that Earth in view of Flesh, be very barren, yet we should trust the Spirit for a blessing.

    A Blast on the Barren Land, or the Standard of True Community Advanc'd, Presented to the Sons of Adam by Henry Hotspur, Being a Platform to Plant the Waste Land Of the Northern Isles & Septentrional Parts, & to Restore the Regiment of Commonwealth, Printed in the Yeer 1649"

    July 18, 2011