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Am I right to understand the word Cimmerian means dark, gloomy and Interboreal means arctic/freezing?
" ... It was the Cimmerian December of those interboreal
latitudes. The weather here, they said, though never cold, is hardly ever other
than tempestuous. A dense and dank sea-born haze now lay, in spite of vapid
breezes, high along the waters enclosing the boat in a vague domed cavern of
doleful twilight and sullen swell. The region of the considerable islands was
past, and there was a spectral something in the unreal aspect of silent sea and
sunless dismalness of sky which produced upon my nerves the impression of a
voyage out of nature, a cruise beyond the world."
M.P.Shiel, Vaila, 1896
Thank you very much
Yes. Cimmerian means dark and gloomy. Apparently it relates to a mythical land of perpetual darkness. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/Cimmerian
Daylight hours in Shetland in December are very short.
Boreal is a term relating to the north, or the north wind. http://www.thefreedictionary.com/boreal
One of the meanings of the prefix "Inter-" is "between or among". http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/us...english/inter-
So, to me, "interboreal latitudes" means "among the latitudes of the north, or north wind".
(BrE first language speaker.)