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Cimmerian

Pronunciation: /səˈmirēən/
/səˈmerēən/

adjective

1Relating to or denoting members of an ancient nomadic people who overran Asia Minor in the 7th century bc.
Example sentences
  • A full Jurassic succession is rarely preserved in the southern North Sea Basin because of erosion associated with the late Cimmerian unconformity.
  • Like other blocks of the Cimmerian continent, the Baoshan block rifted from Gondwanaland.
  • The Cimmerian islands, the present Turkey, Iran and Tibet, broke completely free of the Australian craton and moved rapidly to the north.
2 Greek Mythology Relating to or denoting members of a mythical people who lived in perpetual mist and darkness near the land of the dead.
Example sentences
  • His eyes adjusted to the now familiar gloom of the Cimmerian's headquarters.
  • There the people dwell, Of the Cimmerians, in eternal cloud And darkness.

noun

A member of the historical or mythological Cimmerian people.
Example sentences
  • In this sequel to Conan the Barbarian, Robert E. Howard's proud Cimmerian sets forth on a heroic quest to recover a magical treasure and restore the life of his beloved Valeria.
  • Although this is billed as a Conan story, we really don't see too much of the Cimmerian warrior.

Origin

Via Latin from Greek Kimmerios + -an.

Words that rhyme with Cimmerian

Algerian, Cancerian, Chaucerian, criterion, Hesperian, Hitlerian, Hyperion, Iberian, Liberian, Nigerian, Presbyterian, Shakespearean, Siberian, Spenserian, Sumerian, valerian, Wagnerian, Zairean

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Syllabification: Cim·me·ri·an

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