Amphiscians
Amphiscii Am*phis"ci*i, Amphiscians Am*phis"cians, n. pl. [Gr. ? throwing a shadow both ways; ? + ? shadow.] The inhabitants of the tropic, whose shadows in one part of the year are cast to the north, and in the other to the south, according as the sun is south or north of their zenith. [1913 Webster]

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  • Amphiscians — (n.) 1620s, from M.L. Amphiscii, from Gk. amphiskioi inhabitants of the tropics, lit. throwing a shadow both ways, from amphi on both sides (see AMPHI (Cf. amphi )) + skia shadow (see SHINE (Cf. shine)). Inhabitants of torrid zones, so called… …   Etymology dictionary

  • amphiscians — /am fish ee euhnz, fish euhnz/, n.pl. Archaic. inhabitants of the tropics. Also, amphiscii /am fish ee uy /. [1615 25; < ML Amphisci(i) ( < Gk amphískioi, pl. of AMPHÍSKIOS (adj.) casting a shadow both ways, equiv. to amphi AMPHI + skí(a) shadow… …   Universalium

  • amphiscians — am·phis·ci·ans …   English syllables

  • amphiscians — …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amphiscian — Amphiscians, or Amphiscii, is a name given to inhabitants of the torrid zone, whose shadows in one part of the year are cast to the north, and in the other to the south, according as the sun is south or north of their zenith.The word comes from… …   Wikipedia

  • am|phis|ci|i — «am FIHSH ee y», noun (plural). = amphiscians. (Cf. ↑amphiscians) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amphiscii — Am*phis ci*i, Amphiscians Am*phis cians, n. pl. [Gr. ? throwing a shadow both ways; ? + ? shadow.] The inhabitants of the tropic, whose shadows in one part of the year are cast to the north, and in the other to the south, according as the sun is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • amphiscii — noun plural see amphiscians …   Useful english dictionary

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