: of or relating to the Greek island of Delos held in antiquity to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis
Ortygian Artemis
: of or relating to the Sicilian island of Ortygia on which modern Syracuse is built
beneath the Ortygian shoreP. B. Shelley

Word History


in sense 1, from Ortygia Delos, smallest island of the Cyclades, south Aegean Sea + English -an; in sense 2, from Ortygia, island near the southeastern coast of Sicily + English -an

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“Ortygian.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Ortygian. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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