Or·​ty·​gian | \ (ˈ)ȯ(r)¦tij(ē)ən \

Definition of Ortygian

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

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History and Etymology for Ortygian

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 25 May. 2020.

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