Definition of Ortygian in English:


Pronunciation /ɔːˈtɪdʒɪən/


poetic, rare
  • Of, belonging to, or relating to Ortygia (now Delos), a Greek island in the Cyclades, held in classical mythology to be the birthplace of Apollo and Artemis.


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Richard Stanyhurst (1547–1618), literary scholar and translator. From classical Latin Ortygius, adjective (from Ortygia (ancient Greek Ὀρτυγία), the name of a Greek island in the Cyclades (now Delos), also of an island forming part of the city of Syracuse in Sicily) + -an.