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Wednesday, April 14, 2004

Definitions for myrmidon

  1. (Capitalized) A member of a warlike Thessalian people who followed Achilles on the expedition against Troy.
  2. A loyal follower, especially one who executes orders without question.

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Citations for myrmidon
He risked assassination, torture or . . . retaliation, the defining signatures of Mr. Milosevic and his ultranationalist myrmidons. Bruce Fein, Washington Times
I felt quite sure that the myrmidon on duty in Gadsby Row would tell you all about my visit. Georgette Heyer, Behold, Here's Poison
Origin of myrmidon
Myrmidon derives from Greek Myrmidones, a warlike people of ancient Thessaly.