Cimmerian
I. adjective Date: 1580 very dark or gloomy <
under ebon shades…in dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell — John Milton
>
II. noun Etymology: Latin Cimmerii, a mythical people, from Greek Kimmerioi Date: 1584 any of a mythical people described by Homer as dwelling in a remote realm of mist and gloom

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  • Cimmerian — Cim*me ri*an, a. [L. Cimmerius.] [Written also {Kimmerian}.] 1. Pertaining to the Cimmerii, a fabulous people, said to have lived, in very ancient times, in profound and perpetual darkness. [1913 Webster] 2. Without any light; intensely dark.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cimmerian — (adj.) pertaining to the Cimmerii, an ancient nomadic people who, according to Herodotus, inhabited the region around the Crimea, and who, according to Assyrian sources, overran Asia Minor 7c. B.C.E.; from L. Cimmerius, from Gk. Kimmerios. Homer… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cimmerian — [sə mir′ē ən] n. [< L Cimmerius, pertaining to the Cimmerii, Cimmerians < Gr Kimmerioi] any of a mythical people whose land was described by Homer as a region of perpetual mist and darkness adj. extremely dark; gloomy …   English World dictionary

  • Cimmerian — Cimmerianism, n. /si mear ee euhn/, adj. 1. Class. Myth. of, pertaining to, or suggestive of a western people believed to dwell in perpetual darkness. 2. very dark; gloomy: deep, Cimmerian caverns. * * * Any member of an ancient people living… …   Universalium

  • cimmerian — adjective /sɪˈmɪərɪən/ a) perpetually dark or gloomy There, under ebon shades... in dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell. b) mentally dark; ignorant As ragged as thy locks,<br />In dark Cimmerian desert ever dwell …   Wiktionary

  • Cimmerian — adjective intensely dark and gloomy as with perpetual darkness the Cimmerian gloom...a darkness that could be felt Norman Douglas • Similar to: ↑dark …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cimmerian — noun /sɪˈmɪərɪən/ a) any of the mythical people supposed to inhabit a land of perpetual darkness There in a lonely land, and gloomy cells,<br />The dusky nation of Cimmeria dwells;<br />The sun neer views the uncomfortable seats b)… …   Wiktionary

  • cimmerian — adj. very dark or gloomy …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cimmerian — a. Black, very dark, intensely dark, midnight …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • cimmerian — cim·me·ri·an …   English syllables

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