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See also: septentrión


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From Middle English septentrion, septentrione, septemtryones, septemtrioun, from Latin septentriō, septentriōnem (the northern regions, the north) directly and through Old French septentrïon, septemtrion, from septentriones (the seven stars near the north pole) (called Charles's Wain, or the Great Bear, also those called the Little Bear; properly, the “seven plow oxen”); from septem (seven) + triō, originally a plow ox (compare triones, from its plural). Cognate with French septentrion, Middle English septemtrioun.


septentrion (plural septentrions)

  1. (obsolete) The north or northern regions.
    • 14th century, Geoffrey Chaucer Boece, Book II
      And ek this Nero governyde by ceptre alle the peples that ben undir the colde sterres that highten the septemtryones. (This is to seyn he governede alle the peples that ben under the partye of the north.)
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, []”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene iv]:
      Thou art as opposite to every good / As the Antipodes are unto us, / Or as the south to the septentrion.


septentrion (comparative more septentrion, superlative most septentrion)

  1. (obsolete) Of or relating to the north; northern.





Borrowed from Latin septentriō, septentriōnem.


septentrion m (plural septentrions)

  1. septentrion, north


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