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Aeolian

[ee-oh-lee-uh n] /iˈoʊ li ən/
adjective
1.
Also, Aeolic. belonging to a nation of people in ancient Greece 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).
3.
Aeolic (def 1).
Also, Eolian.
Origin of Aeolian
1580-1590
1580-90; < Latin Aeoli(ī) (< Greek Aioleîs the Aeolians, with change of suffix) + -an
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British Dictionary definitions for aeolians

aeolian

/iːˈəʊlɪən/
adjective
1.
of or relating to the wind; produced or carried by the wind
Word Origin
C18: from Aeolus, god of the winds

Aeolian

/iːˈəʊlɪən/
noun
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
adjective
2.
of or relating to this people or their dialect of Ancient Greek; Aeolic
3.
of or relating to Aeolus
4.
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 See also Hypo-
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Word Origin and History for aeolians

Aeolian

adj.

c.1600, "of the wind," from Latin Æolus "god of the winds," from Greek 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 Greek people.

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aeolians in Science
aeolian
  (ē-ō'lē-ən)   
See eolian.
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