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 (hī′pər-bôr′ē-ən, -bə-rē′ən)
n. Greek Mythology
One of a people known to the ancient Greeks from the earliest times, living in a perpetually warm and sunny land north of the source of the north wind.
1. Of or relating to the Hyperboreans.
2. hyperborean
a. Of or relating to the far north; Arctic.
b. Very cold; frigid.

[From Latin Hyperboreus, from Hyperboreī, the Hyperboreans, from Greek Huperboreoi : huper-, hyper- + boreios, northern, or Boreās, the north wind, the north.]


1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of a people believed to have lived beyond the North Wind in a sunny land
2. (Classical Myth & Legend) an inhabitant of the extreme north
3. (Classical Myth & Legend) (sometimes not capital) of or relating to the extreme north
4. (Classical Myth & Legend) of or relating to the Hyperboreans
[C16: from Latin hyperboreus, from Greek huperboreos, from hyper- + Boreas the north wind]


(ˌhaɪ pərˈbɔr i ən, -ˈboʊr-, -bəˈri-)

1. a member of a people of ancient Greek legend reputed to live in a land of perpetual sunshine and abundance beyond the north wind.
2. an inhabitant of an extreme northern region.
3. of or pertaining to the Hyperboreans.
4. (l.c.) of, pertaining to, or living in a far northern region; arctic.
[1590–1600; < Latin hyperbore(us) (< Greek hyperbóreos Hyperborean =hyper- hyper- + -boreos, adj. derivative of boréas the north wind) + -an1; see Boreas]
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Noun1.Hyperborean - (Greek mythology) one of a people that the ancient Greeks believed lived in a warm and sunny land north of the source of the north windHyperborean - (Greek mythology) one of a people that the ancient Greeks believed lived in a warm and sunny land north of the source of the north wind
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True, other fish are found exceedingly brisk in those Hyperborean waters; but these, be it observed, are your cold-blooded, lungless fish, whose very bellies are refrigerators; creatures, that warm themselves under the lee of an iceberg, as a traveller in winter would bask before an inn fire; whereas, like man, the whale has lungs and warm blood.
While the fiery and magnificent Spaniard, inflamed with the mania for gold, has extended his discoveries and conquests over those brilliant countries scorched by the ardent sun of the tropics, the adroit and buoyant Frenchman, and the cool and calculating Briton, have pursued the less splendid, but no less lucrative, traffic in furs amidst the hyperborean regions of the Canadas, until they have advanced even within the Arctic Circle.
Few travellers that have visited Canada some thirty years since, in the days of the M'Tavishes, the M'Gillivrays, the M'Kenzies, the Frobishers, and the other magnates of the Northwest, when the company was in all its glory, but must remember the round of feasting and revelry kept up among these hyperborean nabobs.
In the winter of '46-7 there came a hundred men of Hyperborean extraction swoop down on to our pond one morning, with many carloads of ungainly-looking farming tools -- sleds, plows, drill-barrows, turf-knives, spades, saws, rakes, and each man was armed with a double-pointed pike-staff, such as is not described in the New-England Farmer or the Cultivator.
Don't you try to come over me with your Hyperborean manners," Mr Verloc defended himself huskily, looking at the carpet.
42) He is at the same time said to be a god, the Hyperborean Apollo (Iambl.
And one day, for the volume on County Durham, Pevsner climbed a green hill topped by a Greek Doric temple that from a distance, he wrote, 'appears as an apparition of the Acropolis under hyperborean skies', but from the top of Penshaw Hill, 'the landscape was no longer Grecian: collieries in the near distance everywhere'.
Over a bowl of white roses it stepped, that stood on the windowsill with dew-drops on their petals, and so into the room, touching with pale fingers the roof-beams; the milk-white figured hangings; the bottles on the white onyx table: angelica water, attar of roses, Brentheian unguent made from the honey of Hyperborean flowers; the jewels laid out beside them; the mirrors framed in filigree work of silver and white coral; gowns and farthingales of rich taffety and chamblet and cloth of silver that lay tumbled on chairs and on the deep white soft velvet carpet; all these it touched, so that they took form, but as yet no colour.
Of earthly minds there were some from the winged, star-headed, half-vegetable race of palaeogean Antarctica; one from the reptile people of fabled Valusia; three from the furry pre-human Hyperborean worshippers of Tsathoggua; one from the wholly abominable Tcho-Tchos; two from the arachnid denizens of earth's last age; five from the hardy coleopterous species immediately following mankind, to which the Great Race was some day to transfer its keenest minds en masse in the face of horrible peril; and several from different branches of humanity.
In the dead center, far below Dijon, far below the hyperborean regions, stands God Ajax, his shoulders strapped to the mill wheel, the olives crunching, the green marsh alive with croaking frogs.
The poets build images of this city by writing; for the Hyperborean and Arimaspean cities and the Elysian fields are polities of the just; and we know that even Plato's city is a paradigm lying in heaven.
Classic examples include Dr Frankenstein's terrored journey through the British Isles to Orkney (which he describes as 'this desolate and appalling landscape' (2)) and the hyperborean Arctic in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1818), and the great house of Wuthering Heights and all it represents in Emily Bronte's 1847 novel.