eidolon

[ ahy-doh-luh n ]
/ aɪˈdoʊ lən /

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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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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