Ortygian

adjective Or·ty·gian \(ˈ)ȯ(r)¦tij(ē)ən\

Definition of Ortygian

  1. 1 :  of or relating to the Greek island of Delos held in antiquity to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis Ortygian Artemis

  2. 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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Origin and Etymology of 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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