Definitions for hiberniahaɪˈbɜr ni ə
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Hi•ber•ni•ahaɪˈbɜr ni ə(n.)
Category: Geography (places)
Ref: Latin name of Ireland. 2
Ireland, Hibernia, Emerald Isle(noun)
an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
The island of Ireland.
Origin: Hibernia, influenced by hibernus.
Hibernia is the Classical Latin name for the island of Ireland. The name Hibernia was taken from Greek geographical accounts. During his exploration of northwest Europe, Pytheas of Massilia called the island Iérnē. In his book Geographia, Claudius Ptolemaeus called the island Iouerníā. The Roman historian Tacitus, in his book Agricola, uses the name Hibernia. The Romans also sometimes used Scotia, "land of the Scoti", as a geographical term for Ireland in general, as well as just the part inhabited by those people. Iouerníā was a Greek alteration of the Q-Celtic name *Īweriū from which eventually arose the Irish names Ériu and Éire. The original meaning of the name is thought to be "abundant land".
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
the classical name for Ireland, which to the ancient world was in the main a terra incognita.
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