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[il-ee-uh d]
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  1. (italics) a Greek epic poem describing the siege of Troy, ascribed to Homer.
  2. (sometimes lowercase) any similar poem; a long narrative.
  3. (often lowercase) a long series of woes, trials, etc.
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Origin of Iliad

< Latin Iliad- (stem of Ilias) < Greek, equivalent to Ili(on) Troy + -ad- -ad1
Related formsIl·i·ad·ic [il-ee-ad-ik] /ˌɪl iˈæd ɪk/, adjective
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  1. a Greek epic poem describing the siege of Troy, attributed to Homer and probably composed before 700 bc
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Derived FormsIliadic (ˌɪlɪˈædɪk), adjective
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Word Origin and History for iliad


from Latin Ilias (genitive Iliadis), from Greek Ilias poiesis "poem of Ilion" (Troy), literally "city of Ilius," the mythical founder.

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