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Pyrrhus

[pir-uh s] /ˈpɪr əs/
noun
1.
c318–272 b.c, king of Epirus c300–272.
2.
Classical Mythology. Neoptolemus.
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  • After the defeat of Pyrrhus how much of Italy owned the Romans as masters?

    Introductory American History Henry Eldridge Bourne
  • With his father's might Pyrrhus presses on; nor guards nor barriers can hold out.

  • How did his elephants save Pyrrhus—and then we saw them for the first time?

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne
  • And then, her blessed dog—Pyrrhus or Pirre; I had a great mind to kill it.

    The Home Fredrika Bremer
  • Time passed on, until at length Pyrrhus was twelve years old.

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  • Glaucias deemed this a favorable opportunity for restoring Pyrrhus to the throne.

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  • No effectual resistance was made, and Pyrrhus was crowned king.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • On arriving in Epirus, Pyrrhus found every thing favorable to the success of his plans.

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  • Pyrrhus declined this request, but afterward gave the oxen to another man.

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  • Neoptolemus, suspecting nothing, came, and Pyrrhus slew him at the table.

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British Dictionary definitions for Pyrrhus

Pyrrhus

/ˈpɪrəs/
noun
1.
319–272 bc, king of Epirus (306–272). He invaded Italy but was ultimately defeated by the Romans (275 bc)
2.
another name for Neoptolemus
Derived Forms
Pyrrhic, adjective
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