Ossianic


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Ossianic

(ˌɒsɪˈænɪk)
adj
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) of, relating to, or reminiscent of Ossian, a legendary Irish hero and bard of the 3rd century ad
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Os•si•an•ic

(ˌɒs iˈæn ɪk, ˌɒʃ i-)

adj.
of, pertaining to, or characteristic of Ossian, the poetry attributed to him, or the rhythmic prose published by James Macpherson in 1762–63, purporting to be a translation from Scottish Gaelic.
[1800–10]
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He is accused of fabricating the majority of his Ossianic poetry and had undeservedly plummeted into the abyss of scholars' collective memories until very recently.
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