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[mur-mi-don, -dn] /ˈmɜr mɪˌdɒn, -dn/
noun, plural Myrmidons, Myrmidones
[mur-mid-n-eez] /mɜrˈmɪd nˌiz/ (Show IPA)
Classical Mythology. one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War.
(lowercase) a person who executes without question or scruple a master's commands.
Origin of Myrmidon
Middle English < Latin Myrmidones (plural) < Greek Myrmidónes Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • After receiving (p. 096) them on board, we made sail, accompanied by the Myrmidon, for England.

    The Surrender of Napoleon Sir Frederick Lewis Maitland.
  • "Let's see your ID card, please," the Myrmidon said in the same tone as before.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We have 33 on board, 17 were sent on board the Myrmidon, Captn.

    The Surrender of Napoleon Sir Frederick Lewis Maitland.
  • "Oh—" The Myrmidon looked at him, then shrugged his shoulders.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • "Well," he said, looking up and seeing that his Myrmidon still stood there.

    Orley Farm Anthony Trollope
  • A Myrmidon was standing over him, and the child's mother was trying to lift the boy.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He handed it to the Myrmidon, who looked down at it, frowned, and then looked up.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • We immediately got under weigh, accompanied by the Myrmidon and Slaney.

    The Surrender of Napoleon Sir Frederick Lewis Maitland.
  • "You may retire, Captain," she said to the waiting Myrmidon.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • I feel like what Updike calls a "Myrmidon of unhesitating amplitude."

    Of All Things Robert C. Benchley
British Dictionary definitions for Myrmidon


/ˈmɜːmɪˌdɒn; -dən/
noun (pl) Myrmidons, Myrmidones (mɜːˈmɪdəˌniːz)
(Greek myth) one of a race of people whom Zeus made from a nest of ants. They settled in Thessaly and were led against Troy by Achilles
(often not capital) a follower or henchman
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Myrmidon



c.1400, from Latin Myrmidones (plural), from Greek Myrmidones, Thessalian tribe led by Achilles to the Trojan War, fabled to have been ants changed into men, and often derived from Greek myrmex "ant" (from PIE *morwi- (see Formica (2)), but Watkins does not connect them and Klein's sources suggest a connection to Greek mormos "dread, terror." Transferred sense of "faithful follower" is from c.1600.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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