scotia n a deep concave moulding, esp. one used on the base of an Ionic column between the two torus mouldings (C16: via Latin from Greek skotia, from skotos darkness (from the shadow in the cavity))
1 a peninsula in E Canada, between the Gulf of St Lawrence and the Bay of Fundy
2 a province of E Canada, consisting of the Nova Scotia peninsula and Cape Breton Island: first settled by the French as Acadia. Capital: Halifax. Pop.: 947900 (1997 est.). Area: 52841 sq. km (20402 sq. miles), (Abbrev.)
Nova Scotian n, adj
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