amphiscians

amphiscians

[am-fish-ee-uhnz, -fish-uhnz]
plural noun Archaic.
inhabitants of the tropics.
Also, amphiscii [am-fish-ee-ahy] .


Origin:
1615–25; < Medieval Latin Amphisci(ī) (< Greek amphískioi, plural of amphískios (adj.) casting a shadow both ways, equivalent to amphi- amphi- + skí(a) shadow + -os adj. suffix) + -ans, plural of -an

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Amphiscians
1620s, from M.L. Amphiscii, from Gk. amphiskioi "inhabitants of the tropics," from amphi- "on both sides" + skia "shadow." Inhabitants of torrid zones, so called because they are "people whose shadow is sometimes to the North, and sometimes to the South."
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