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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin septentriō, septentriōnem the northern regions, the north, from septentriones the seven stars near the north pole, called Charles's Wain, or the Great Bear, also those called the Little Bear; properly, the seven plow oxen; septem (seven) + trio, originally a plow ox: compare French septentrion.

NounEdit

septentrion (plural septentrions)

  1. (obsolete) The north or northern regions.
    • Chaucer, Boece, Book II
      And ek this Nero governyde by ceptre alle the peples that ben undir the colde sterres that highten the septemtryones. (This is to seyn he governede alle the peples that ben under the partye of the north.)
    • Shakespeare, Henry VI (act 1, scene 4)
      Thou art as opposite to every good / As the Antipodes are unto us, / Or as the south to the septentrion.

AdjectiveEdit

septentrion (comparative more septentrion, superlative most septentrion)

  1. (obsolete) Of or relating to the north; northern.
    • Milton
      From cold septentrion blasts.

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EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Latin septentriō, septentriōnem.

NounEdit

septentrion m (plural septentrions)

  1. septentrion, north

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