amphiscians

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 + -os adj. suffix) + -ans, pl. of -AN]

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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 — 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 Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • 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

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