Aeolians

Aeolian

[ee-oh-lee-uhn]
adjective
1.
Also, Aeolic. belonging to a branch of the Greek race named after Aeolus, its legendary founder.
noun
2.
a member of one of the four main divisions of the prehistoric Greeks. Compare Achaean ( def 5 ), Dorian ( def 2 ), Ionian ( def 3 ).
Also, Eolian.


Origin:
1580–90; < Latin Aeoli(ī) (< Greek Aioleîs the Aeolians, with change of suffix) + -an

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aeolian (iːˈəʊlɪən)
 
adj
of or relating to the wind; produced or carried by the wind
 
[C18: from Aeolus, god of the winds]

Aeolian or Eolian (iːˈəʊlɪən)
 
n
1.  a member of a Hellenic people who settled in Thessaly and Boeotia and colonized Lesbos and parts of the Aegean coast of Asia Minor
 
adj
2.  of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Aeolic
3.  of or relating to Aeolus
4.  See also Hypo- denoting or relating to an authentic mode represented by the ascending natural diatonic scale from A to A: the basis of the modern minor key
 
Eolian or Eolian
 
n
 
adj

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Aeolian
c.1600, "of the wind," from L. Æolus "god of the winds," from Gk. Aiolos, from aiolos "quickly moving." Æolian harp first recorded 1791. The ancient district of Aiolis in Asia Minor was said to have been named for the wind god, hence Æolian also refers to one branch of the ancient Gk.
people.
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aeolian   (ē-ō'lē-ən)  Pronunciation Key 
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