- one of a race of people in Greek mythology living in the extreme north, beyond the north wind
- (context, usually, jocular) any person living in a northern country, or to the north
- pertaining to the extreme north of the earth, or (usually jocular) to a specific northern country or area
Etymology: Late Latin hyperboreanus, cognate with classical Latin hyperboreus; the Greek word was , i.e. + "northern".
- 1922: "You could have knelt down, damn it, Kinch, when your dying mother asked you, Buck Mulligan said. I"m as much as you. But to think of your mother begging you with her last breath to kneel down and pray for her. And you refused. " James Joyce, Ulysses
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