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[her-key-nee-uh] /hərˈkeɪ ni ə/
an ancient province of the Persian empire, SE of the Caspian Sea.
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Hyrcanian, adjective Unabridged
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  • The former, a Preraphaelite, led his hearers through dim mazes, hyrcanian wilds.

    Half A Chance Frederic S. Isham
  • There lay Hyrcania; and several Roman writers speak of the hyrcanian tigers.

    The Plant Hunters Mayne Reid
  • Among the peculiarities recorded of the hyrcanian sea, Eudoxus and others relate the following.

  • It was like an eagle in the hyrcanian mountains, swooping down on a lamb.

  • The rocks of Caucasus brought thee forth, and an hyrcanian tigress gave thee suck.

    Stories from Virgil Alfred J. Church
  • And the rivers sink into their channels; Dragons, hyrcanian tigers stand fast at my bidding!

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter
  • We are made to feel the touch of something galling in the manner of these Median and hyrcanian troopers.

    Cyropaedia Xenophon
  • Didst ever see the criminals fight with wolves, hyrcanian bears, and such like?

  • And a thousand sesterces more that thy hyrcanian tiger shall also be slain by the man I will name against him.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
  • Not with a roar, but with a snarl that was dreadful did the hyrcanian monster rush from his den into the arena.

    Ulric the Jarl William O. Stoddard
British Dictionary definitions for hyrcanian


of or relating to Hyrcania


an ancient district of Asia, southeast of the Caspian Sea
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Word Origin and History for hyrcanian


ancient region southeast of the Caspian Sea, from Greek Hyrkania, said to be from an Indo-European *verkana "country of wolves" [Zonn, I., et al., "The Caspian Sea Encyclopedia," 2010]

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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