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An ancient region and Roman province of the Iberian Peninsula. It corresponded roughly to modern-day Portugal.

Lu′si·ta′ni·an adj. & n.


1. (Placename) chiefly poetic of or relating to Lusitania or Portugal
2. (Biology) biology denoting flora or fauna characteristically found only in the warm, moist, west-facing coastal regions of Portugal, Spain, France, and the west and southwest coasts of Great Britain and Ireland
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Adj.1.Lusitanian - of or relating to or characteristic of Portugal or the people of Portugal or their language; "Portuguese wines"
2.Lusitanian - of or relating to or characteristic of the region of Lusitania or its people or language
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Or perhaps I shall be told, too, that there was no such knight-errant as the valiant Lusitanian Juan de Merlo, who went to Burgundy and in the city of Arras fought with the famous lord of Charny, Mosen Pierres by name, and afterwards in the city of Basle with Mosen Enrique de Remesten, coming out of both encounters covered with fame and honour; or adventures and challenges achieved and delivered, also in Burgundy, by the valiant Spaniards Pedro Barba and Gutierre Quixada (of whose family I come in the direct male line), when they vanquished the sons of the Count of San Polo.
Moreover, the presence of Tropidemys in the Lusitanian Basin enlarges the diversity of plesiochelyd turtles in the Late Jurassic of Portugal.
Jacinto eventually abandons Paris for Tormes, a village in the Portuguese countryside, thus exchanging the ennui of the city for a revitalization of his existence that springs forth from an inexhaustible, matriarchal Lusitanian source.
For while history revealed that Brazil was, as Silva Lisboa wrote as a royal censor in 1818, "the amplification of the Mother Country (Mai Patria) for the Lusitanian Monarchy [obtained] through just titles of discovery, occupation and conquest in accordance with the laws of nations", (17) with the transfer of the court this historical amplification of Portugal appeared to have reached an ultimate conclusion.
The abrupt and unseemly race into civilization undertaken by the New World--under the whip of both the Lusitanian colonizers and the immigrants--will have to be understood by the reader of Tristes Tropiques within the logical parameters established by the philosophical fable of Achilles (whom the Greeks considered the fastest of the Heroes) and the tortoise.
a different economy is possible, and we say this in the conviction that with commitment and solidarity, the conditions that govern the lives of the communities and peoples of our suffering continent--African, Lusitanian, Latin or Caribbean in origin--can be transformed.
Lusitanian and Alteuropaisch populations in the West of the Iberian Peninsula.
We worshipped with the local church, a branch of the Anglican Communion called the Lusitanian Catholic Apostolic Evangelical Church.
Basal eucryptodiran turtles are very abundant in the Kimmeridgian and Tithonian levels of the Lusitanian Basin (central Portugal) (Sauvage, 1898; Antunes et al.
This Little Lusitanian House: Essays on Portuguese Culture.
For a slightly different interpretation see John Thornton, "Early Kongo-Portuguese Relations: A New Interpretation," History in Africa 8 (1981): 183-204; See also LeRoy-Ronald Johnson, "Congolese-Portuguese Relations, 1482-1543: The First Phase of Lusitanian Expansion in Tropical Africa," PhD Dissertation (University of Michigan, 1981).
It would be the Lusitanian poet Luis de Camoes who would pick up this Garcilasian thread and incorporate it in his own poetry, making it a central part of his Orphic thinking.