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/ɛˈrɛkθjuːs; -θɪəs/
(Greek myth) a king of Athens who sacrificed one of his daughters because the oracle at Delphi said this was the only way to win the war against the Eleusinians
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legendary first king and founder of Athens, from Latin Erechtheus, from Greek Erekhtheos, literally "render, shaker" (of the earth), from erekhthein "to rend, break, shatter, shake." Hence, Erechtheum, the name of a temple on the Athenian acropolis.

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