adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Old English nithera, from nither down; akin to Old High German nidar down, Sanskrit ni Date: before 12th century 1. situated down or below ; lower <
the nether side
2. situated or believed to be situated beneath the earth's surface <
the nether regions

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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