œcumene

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin oecumenicus, from Ancient Greek: οἰκουμένη (oikouménē, inhabited world), from οἰκέω (oikéō, I inhabit, dwell), from οἶκος (oîkos, house).

Noun[edit]

œcumene (uncountable)

  1. Archaic spelling of ecumene.
    • 1891, John Fiske, The Discovery of America, page 308:
      About each pole stretches a dead and frozen zone; the southern and northern hemispheres have each a temperate zone, with the same changes of seasons, but not occurring at the same (but opposite) times; the north temperate zone is the seat of the Œcumene (οἰκουμένη), or Inhabited World; the south temperate zone is also inhabited by the Antichthones or Antipodes, but about these people we know nothing, because between us and them there intervenes the burning zone, which it is impossible to cross.