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[sahy-am-uh-kee] /saɪˈæm ə ki/
noun, plural sciamachies.
an act or instance of fighting a shadow or an imaginary enemy.
Also, sciomachy.
Origin of sciamachy
1615-25; < Greek skiamachía, equivalent to skiá shadow + -machia -machy Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for sciamachy


noun (pl) -chies
(rare) a fight with an imaginary enemy
Word Origin
C17: from Greek skiamakhia a mock fight, from skia a shadow + makhesthai to fight
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Word Origin and History for sciamachy

"fighting with shadows, shadow-boxing" 1620s, from Greek skiamakhia "shadow-fighting, a sham fight" but perhaps literally "fighting in the shade" (i.e., in school; ancient teachers taught in shaded public places such as porches and groves), from skia "shade, shadow" (see shine (v.)) + makhe "battle" (see -machy).

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