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eidolon

[ahy-doh-luh n]
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noun, plural ei·do·la [ahy-doh-luh] /aɪˈdoʊ lə/, ei·do·lons.
  1. a phantom; apparition.
  2. an ideal.

Origin of eidolon

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at idol
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Historical Examples

  • She was laughing now, but with all the gay coquetry of youth, not merely the eidola of her own.

    Mrs. Balfame

    Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton


British Dictionary definitions for eidola

eidolon

noun plural -la (-lə) or -lons
  1. an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
  2. an ideal or idealized figure

Word Origin

C19: from Greek: phantom, idol
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Word Origin and History for eidola

eidolon

n.

1828, from Greek eidolon (see idol).

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