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Borrowed from Latin aquilo, aquilonis.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. The Roman god of the North Wind, equivalent to the Greek god Boreas.
  2. The north wind personified.
    • c. 1380, Geoffrey Chaucer (translator), Boece, Book 2, in The Workes of Geffray Chaucer, London: William Bonham, 1542,[1]
      Ofte the see is cleare and calme with mouynge floudes, and ofte the horryble wynde Aquilon moueth boylynge tempestes, and ouerwhelueth the see.
    • 1590, Christopher Marlowe, Tamburlaine, Act III, Scene 2,[2]
      Auster and Aquilon with winged Steads
      All sweating, tilt about the watery heauens,
      With shiuering speares enforcing thunderclaps.
    • c. 1601, William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida, Act IV, Scene 5,[3]
      Thou, trumpet, there’s my purse.
      Now crack thy lungs, and split thy brazen pipe:
      Blow, villain, till thy sphered bias cheek
      Outswell the colic of puff’d Aquilon:

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