- one of the Ionian Islands, off the W coast of Greece: legendary home of Ulysses. 37 sq. mi. (96 sq. km).Greek Itháki.
- a city in S New York at the S end of Cayuga Lake.
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Examples from the Web for ithacan
Ulysses brooked not this, nor even in such straits did the Ithacan forget himself.
To have impersonated the Ithacan was little; he had been just sitting for a God.The Works of Charles and Mary Lamb
Palamedes, however, was more than a match in artifice for the Ithacan king.The Story of Troy
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.Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3
W. E. Gladstone
- of or relating to the Greek island of Ithaca or its inhabitants
- a native or inhabitant of Ithaca
- 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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