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eidolon

[ ahy-doh-luhn ]
/ aɪˈdoʊ lən /
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noun, plural ei·do·la [ahy-doh-luh], /aɪˈdoʊ lə/, ei·do·lons.

a phantom; apparition.
an ideal.

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Origin of eidolon

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at idol
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Example sentences from the Web for eidolon

  • She was laughing now, but with all the gay coquetry of youth, not merely the eidola of her own.

    Mrs. Balfame|Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for eidolon

eidolon
/ (aɪˈdəʊlɒn) /

noun plural -la (-lə) or -lons

an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
an ideal or idealized figure

Word Origin for eidolon

C19: from Greek: phantom, idol
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