septentrion

septentrion

[sep-ten-tree-on, -uhn]
noun
Obsolete. the north.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English Septemtrio(u)n < Latin septemtriōnēs, septentriōnēs the seven stars of Ursa Major, the north, equivalent to septem seven + triōnēs (plural) plowing oxen

septentrional [sep-ten-tree-uh-nl] , adjective
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septentrion (sɛpˈtɛntrɪˌɒn)
 
n
archaic the northern regions or the north
 
[C14: from Latin septentriōnēs, literally: the seven ploughing oxen (the constellation of the Great Bear), from septem seven + triōnēs ploughing oxen]
 
sep'tentrional
 
adj

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septentrion
"the Big Dipper;" M.E. septentrioun (1530s, but septentronial "northern" is attested from late 14c.), from L. septentriones (pl.) "seven plow oxen," from septem "seven" + trio (gen. triones) "plow ox," from stem of terere (pt. tritus) "to rub" (see throw). Cf. also Charles's Wain.
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