Septentrion meaning

sĕp-tĕn'trē-ŏn', -ən
Northern regions; the north.
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Shakespeare, Henry VI (act 1, scene 4)

Thou art as opposite to every good / As the Antipodes are unto us, / Or as the south to the septentrion.

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(obsolete) Of or relating to the north; northern.
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Origin of septentrion

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin septentriōnēs seven plow oxen, the seven principal stars of Ursa Major or Ursa Minor septem seven septm̥ in Indo-European roots triōnēs (pl. of triō triōn- plow ox terə-1 in Indo-European roots)
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Latin septentrio the northern regions, the north, from septentriones the seven stars near the north pole, called Charles's Wain, or the Great Bear, also those called the Little Bear; properly, the seven plow oxen; septem seven + trio, originally a plow ox: compare French septentrion.
    From Wiktionary