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  1. one of the Ionian Islands, off the W coast of Greece: legendary home of Ulysses. 37 sq. mi. (96 sq. km).Greek Itháki.
  2. a city in S New York at the S end of Cayuga Lake.
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Related formsIth·a·can, adjective, noun
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Historical Examples

  • Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.

    The Aeneid of Virgil


  • To have impersonated the Ithacan was little; he had been just sitting for a God.

  • Palamedes, however, was more than a match in artifice for the Ithacan king.

    The Story of Troy

    Michael Clarke

  • The 'wily-worded Ithacan' is Ulysses, the hero of the Odyssey.

  • And again of his Phronius, son of Noemon, whom he introduces to play the part of a considerate and serviceable Ithacan citizen.

British Dictionary definitions for ithacan


  1. of or relating to the Greek island of Ithaca or its inhabitants
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  1. a native or inhabitant of Ithaca
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  1. a Greek island in the Ionian Sea, the smallest of the Ionian Islands: regarded as the home of Homer's Odysseus. Area: 93 sq km (36 sq miles)Modern Greek name: Itháki (iˈθaki)
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Word Origin and History for ithacan


western Greek Island, legendary home of Odysseus; the first element is perhaps Phoenician I "island;" the rest is unknown.

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