From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Occident \Oc"ci*dent\, n. [F., fr. L. occidens, occidentis, fr.
   occidents, p. pr. of occidere to fall or go down. See
   The part of the horizon where the sun last appears in the
   evening; that part of the earth towards the sunset; the west;
   -- opposed to orient. Specifically, in former times, Europe
   as opposed to Asia; now, also, the Western hemisphere.
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         I may wander from east to occident.      --Shak.
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