[ahy-doh-luh n]
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Origin of eidolon

First recorded in 1820–30; see origin at idol
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noun plural -la (-lə) or -lons
  1. an unsubstantial image; apparition; phantom
  2. an ideal or idealized figure

Word Origin for eidolon

C19: from Greek: phantom, idol
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Word Origin and History for eidolon

1828, from Greek eidolon (see idol).

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