Acroceraunian

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Latin Acroceraunius, from Ancient Greek high, heights + thunderbolt.

Adjective[edit]

Acroceraunian (comparative more Acroceraunian, superlative most Acroceraunian)

  1. Of or relating to the high mountain range of "thunder-smitten" peaks (now Kimara), between Epirus and Macedonia.
    • 1854, Herman Melville, The Lightning-Rod Man
      What grand irregular thunder, thought I, standing on my hearthstone among the Acroceraunian hills, as the scattered bolts boomed overhead and crashed down among the valleys, every bolt followed by zigzag irradiations, and swift slants of sharp rain, which audibly rang, like a charge of spear-points, on my low shingled roof.

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