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Ithaca

[ith-uh-kuh]
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noun
  1. one of the Ionian Islands, off the W coast of Greece: legendary home of Ulysses. 37 sq. mi. (96 sq. km).Greek Itháki.
  2. a city in S New York at the S end of Cayuga Lake.
Related formsIth·a·can, adjective, noun
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  • The tide was rising now, and presently the Ithaca began to float.

    The Monster Men

    Edgar Rice Burroughs

  • Elias Graves was pastor of one of the largest churches in Ithaca.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • Here through the silence came a shock to the citizens of Ithaca.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • Two miles from Ithaca the boy became light-headed and feeble.

    Tess of the Storm Country

    Grace Miller White

  • Odysseus in the house of Alcinous is not different from Odysseus of the return to Ithaca.


British Dictionary definitions for ithaca

Ithaca

noun
  1. a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, the smallest of the Ionian Islands: regarded as the home of Homer's Odysseus. Area: 93 sq km (36 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Itháki (iˈθaki)
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Word Origin and History for ithaca

Ithaca

western Greek Island, legendary home of Odysseus; the first element is perhaps Phoenician I "island;" the rest is unknown.

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