Origin of Amazon
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After that, the Princess of the Amazons spent months bouncing back and forth between various writers and artists.Wonder Woman Makes a Triumphant Comeback in a New Comic Series|Hugh Ryan|March 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The projectiles ripped holes in the front ranks of the Amazons, but they still came bounding forward.The Golden Amazons of Venus|John Murray Reynolds
But the tale of Amazons was really a sailor's romance, just as the Spaniards dreamed of Eldorado, or the land of gold.From Pole to Pole|Sven Anders Hedin
The broad lip of fine colour is so strongly indented that it resembles the bipennis of the Amazons.The Woodlands Orchids|Frederick Boyle
The Amazons are brought in next; but fighting recommences with the siege of "Defur."The Flourishing of Romance and the Rise of Allegory|George Saintsbury
The combat of the Greeks and Amazons occupies twelve slabs of marble, and that of the Centaurs eleven.Ruins of Ancient Cities (Vol. II of II)|Charles Bucke
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Word Origin for Amazon
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Word Origin and History for amazons
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").
Culture definitions for 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.