Origin of Amazon
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Contemporary Examples of amazons
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
March 13, 2014
Historical Examples of amazons
We find, also, that Lampedo and Marthesia were queens of the Amazons.The Discovery of Guiana
Sir Walter Raleigh
For nine days he watches the fair band of Amazons as they ramble about.Russian Fairy Tales
W. R. S. Ralston
For I also, being an ally, was numbered with them on that day, when the man-opposing Amazons came.
Enraged at this indignity the Amazons determined to be revenged.
Peace was then concluded, whereupon the Amazons evacuated the country.
Word Origin for Amazon
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").
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.