Amazon

[ am-uh-zon, -zuh n ]
/ ˈæm əˌzɒn, -zən /
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noun

Trademark.

the brand name of a retail website, launched in 1995, that has expanded to include cloud computing and other services.

Origin of Amazon

< Latin Amazōn < Greek Amazṓn, of obscure origin
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British Dictionary definitions for amazons (1 of 3)

amazon

/ (ˈæməzən) /

noun

any of various tropical American parrots of the genus Amazona, such as A. farinosa (green amazon), having a short tail and mainly green plumage

British Dictionary definitions for amazons (2 of 3)

Amazon

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/ (ˈæməzən) /

noun

Greek myth one of a race of women warriors of Scythia near the Black Sea
one of a legendary tribe of female warriors of South America
(often not capital) any tall, strong, or aggressive woman
Derived FormsAmazonian (ˌæməˈzəʊnɪən), adjective

Word Origin for Amazon

C14: via Latin from Greek Amazōn, of uncertain origin

British Dictionary definitions for amazons (3 of 3)

Amazon

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/ (ˈæməzən) /

noun

a river in South America, rising in the Peruvian Andes and flowing east through N Brazil to the Atlantic: in volume, the largest river in the world; navigable for 3700 km (2300 miles). Length: over 6440 km (4000 miles). Area of basin: over 5 827 500 sq km (2 250 000 sq miles)
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Word Origin and History for amazons

Amazon


n.

late 14c., from Greek Amazon (mostly in plural Amazones) "one of a race of female warriors in Scythia," probably from an unknown non-Indo-European word, possibly from an Iranian compound *ha-maz-an- "(one) fighting together" [Watkins], but in folk etymology long derived from a- "without" + mazos "breasts," hence the story that the Amazons cut or burned off one breast so they could draw bowstrings more efficiently.

The river in South America (originally called by the Spanish Rio Santa Maria de la Mar Dulce) rechristened by Francisco de Orellana, 1541, after an encounter with female warriors of the Tapuyas (or, as some say, beardless, long-haired male tribesmen; still others hold that the name is a corruption of a native word in Tupi or Guarani meaning "wave").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for amazons

Amazons


In classical mythology, a nation of warrior women. The Amazons burned or cut off one of their breasts so that they could use a bow and arrow more efficiently in war.

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Figuratively, an “Amazon” is a large, strong, aggressive woman.

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The Amazon River of South America was so named because tribes of women warriors were believed to live along its banks.
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