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eolian or aeolian

PRONUNCIATION:

(ee-O-lee-uhn)

MEANING:

adjective: Relating to or caused by the wind.

ETYMOLOGY:

After Aeolus, god of the winds in Greek mythology. As keeper of the
winds, he gave a bag containing winds to help with Odysseus’s sailing.
Earliest documented use: 1546.

USAGE:

“‘If an extremely tenuous atmosphere like that of Pluto can support the
generation of bedforms from wind-driven sediment, what kind of eolian
activity might we see on places like Io (a moon of Jupiter) or Triton?’
[Matt Telfer] wrote.”
Amina Khan; Tiny Pluto Reveals Big Surprises; Los Angeles Times;
Jun 4, 2018.

See more usage examples of eolian in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:

To a father growing old, nothing is dearer than a daughter. -Euripides,
playwright (c. 480-406 BCE)

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