n. & a. (inhabitant) of tropics, whose shadow falls in different ways according to the time of year.

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  • amphiscian — /am fishˈi ən/ noun An inhabitant of the torrid zone, whose shadow is thrown both ways, ie northwards one part of the year, and southwards the other part (also adjective) ORIGIN: Gr amphiskios, from amphi both ways, and skiā a shadow …   Useful english dictionary

  • Amphiscian — Amphiscians, or Amphiscii, is a name given to inhabitants of the torrid zone, whose shadows in one part of the year are cast to the north, and in the other to the south, according as the sun is south or north of their zenith.The word comes from… …   Wikipedia

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