Sa·​lian | \ ˈsālēən, -lyən \

Definition of Salian

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of or relating to a Frankish people dwelling early in the 4th century a.d. on the Ijssel river — see salic law
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Definition of Salian (Entry 2 of 2)

: of or relating to the Salii of ancient Rome Salian hymns

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History and Etymology for Salian

Adjective (1)

Late Latin Salii, a division of the Franks (from the Sala —Ijssel—river) + English -an

Adjective (2)

Latin Salii, priests of Mars in ancient Rome (from salire to leap) + English -an

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“Salian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.

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