septentrion

noun
sep·​ten·​tri·​on | \sep-ˈten-trē-ˌän, -trē-ən\

Definition of septentrion 

obsolete

: the northern regions : north

First Known Use of septentrion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for septentrion

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin septentriones, plural, the seven stars of Ursa Major or Ursa Minor, from septem seven + triones plowing oxen

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