delian


delian


adjective

  1. pertaining to Delos.

noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Delos.

noun

  1. a native or inhabitant of Delos

adjective

  1. of or relating to Delos
  2. of or relating to Delius
adj.

1620s, “of Delos,” tiny island in the Aegean, birthplace of Apollo and Artemis. Delian problem “find the length of the side of a cube having double the volume of a given cube,” was set by the oracle at Delos when it answered (430 B.C.E.) that the plague in Athens would end when Apollo’s (cube-shaped) altar was doubled. The Latin fem. form of the word became the proper name Delia.

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