Definition of amphiscians
: the inhabitants of the tropics
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Origin and Etymology of amphiscians
amphiscians from Late Latin amphisci us one who dwells in the tropics (from Greek amphiskios, from the adjective, throwing a shadow both ways, from amphi- + skia shadow) + English -an + -s; amphiscii from Late Latin, plural of amphiscius — more at scene
First Known Use: 1559
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