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Scythian

[sith-ee-uh n] /ˈsɪθ i ən/
adjective
1.
pertaining to Scythia, its people, or their language.
noun
2.
a native or inhabitant of Scythia.
3.
the Iranian language spoken by the ancient Scythians.
Origin
1535-1545
1535-45; Scythi(a) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for Scythian

Scythian

/ˈsɪðɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to ancient Scythia, its inhabitants, or their language
noun
2.
a member of an ancient nomadic people of Scythia
3.
the extinct language of this people, belonging to the East Iranian branch of the Indo-European family
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Word Origin and History for Scythian
n.

1540s, from Latin Scythia, from Greek Skythia, name anciently given to the region along the north coast of the Black Sea, from Skythes "a Scythian," said to be from an Indo-European root meaning "shepherd" [Room]. As an adjective from 1560s. Herodotus is responsible for Scythian disease or Scythian insanity.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Scythian in the Bible

The Scythians consisted of "all the pastoral tribes who dwelt to the north of the Black Sea and the Caspian, and were scattered far away toward the east. Of this vast country but little was anciently known. Its modern representative is Russia, which, to a great extent, includes the same territories." They were the descendants of Japheth (Gen. 9:27). It appears that in apostolic times there were some of this people that embraced Christianity (Col. 3:11).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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