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  • adj. Alternative spelling of aeolian.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to Æolia or Æolis, in Asia Minor, colonized by the Greeks, or to its inhabitants; æolic.
  • adj. Pertaining to Æolus, the mythic god of the winds; aërial.
  • adj. relating to or caused by wind.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to Æolus, the god of the winds in Greek mythology, and hence sometimes (with or without a capital) to the wind in general: as, the Æolian Isles (now the Lipari islands, north of Sicily), the fabled home of the god. Also written Eolian and Aiolian.
  • Due to atmospheric action; windblown: as, an æolian deposit: applied, in geology, to accumulations of detrital material, especially fine sand and loam, which have been carried to their present position by the wind.
  • Pertaining to the branch of the Greek race named from Æolus, son of Hellen, or to Æolia or Æolis, a district of Asia Minor north of Ionia colonized by and named from them.
  • The ninth of the Gregorian church modes or scales. It was the fifth of the authentic modes, and consisted of a step + a half step + two steps + a half step + two steps, represented by the natural notes of the staff beginning with A and counting upward.
  • n. A member of one of the three great divisions of the ancient Greek race, the two other divisions being the Dorian and the Ionian. Also written Eolian and Aiolian.
  • n. Same as Æolic.


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