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Uncertain. Probably from Latin Sancta Diana or *sanctae Dianae, indicating a pre-Christian deity. (compare Calabrian curse expression santu Diana). Other theories include Sanctus dies Iohannes or a confusion with it. Also, compare the related cosânzeană and zână.


sânziană f (plural sânziene)

  1. several plants of the genus Galium (Galium verum, Galium mollugo, Galium rotundifolium)
  2. Midsummer Day, St. John's Day, Baptist's Day (Romanian folk celebration)
  3. gold-haired fairy

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