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Eolian

[ee-oh-lee-uh n] /iˈoʊ li ən/
adjective
1.
(lowercase) Geology. noting or pertaining to sand or rock material carried or arranged by the wind.
2.
noun
3.
Aeolian (def 3).
Origin of Eolian
1920-1925
1920-25

Aeolian

or Eolian

[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).
Origin
1580-90; < Latin Aeoli(ī) (< Greek Aioleîs the Aeolians, with change of suffix) + -an
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Examples from the Web for Eolian
Historical Examples
  • Mars is the only other planet on which we have identified wind-shaped (Eolian) features.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • The leaves seem to tremble and vibrate like the strings of an Eolian harp.

    Under the Southern Cross Maturin M. Ballou
  • But Hope, in a voice sweet as ‘the wild strains of the Eolian harp,’ whispers in dulcet accents, ‘we may again meet.’

    Diary in America, Series One Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat)
  • What is the nature of the rocks belonging to the Arial or Eolian group?

    Geology James Geikie
  • When resting, they utter a low, humming noise, which has been compared to the sound of an Eolian harp.

    The Forest Exiles Mayne Reid
  • Striking it with still greater violence, I could hear a prolonged musical vibration, that reminded me of an Eolian harp.

    The Boy Tar Mayne Reid
  • Now mark the change—that is a Moorish serenade; is it not like the fitful breathings of an Eolian harp?'

  • Although water is much more powerful than wind, Eolian processes are important in arid environments.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • They form approximately 40 percent of Eolian depositional surfaces.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
  • Other oil reservoirs, however, are presumed to be Eolian in origin and are presently found in humid environments.

    Deserts A. S. Walker
British Dictionary definitions for Eolian

Eolian

/iːˈəʊlɪən/
adjective, noun
1.
a variant spelling of Aeolian

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 Eolian

eolian

adj.

see Aeolian.

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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Eolian in Science
eolian also aeolian
  (ē-ō'lē-ən)   
Relating to, caused by, or carried by the wind. Loess is an eolian deposit.
aeolian
  (ē-ō'lē-ən)   
See eolian.
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