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[uh-kee-muh-nid, uh-kem-uh-]
noun, plural A·chae·me·nids, Ach·ae·men·i·dae [ak-uh-men-i-dee] /ˌæk əˈmɛn ɪˌdi/, Ach·ae·men·i·des [ak-uh-men-i-deez] /ˌæk əˈmɛn ɪˌdiz/.
  1. a member of the dynasty of kings in ancient Persia that ruled from c550 b.c. to 331 b.c.
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Origin of Achaemenid

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British Dictionary definitions for achaemenid


noun plural Achaemenids, Achaemenidae (ˌækɪˈmɛnɪˌdiː) or Achaemenides (ˌækɪˈmɛnɪˌdiːz)
  1. any member of a Persian dynasty of kings, including Cyrus the Great, that ruled from about 550 to 331 bc, when Darius III was overthrown by Alexander the Great
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Word Origin

from Greek, after Akhaimenēs, name of the founder
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