[ mur-mi-don, -dn ]
/ ˈmɜr mɪˌdɒn, -dn /
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noun, plural Myr·mi·dons, Myr·mid·o·nes [mur-mid-n-eez]. /mɜrˈmɪd nˌiz/.
Classical Mythology. one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War.
(lowercase) a person who executes without question or scruple a master's commands.
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Origin of Myrmidon
Middle English, from Latin Myrmidones (plural), from Greek Myrmidónes; def. 1 first recorded in 1425-75, and def. 2 first recorded in 1625-50
Words nearby Myrmidon
myrmecochory, myrmecology, myrmecophagous, myrmecophile, myrmecophily, Myrmidon, Myrna, myrobalan, myron, myrrh, Myrrha
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How to use Myrmidon in a sentence
So he passed on, and with his myrmidon reached Galway, without incurring any impediment from Mr. Lax.The Landleaguers|Anthony Trollope
After receiving (p. 096) them on board, we made sail, accompanied by the Myrmidon, for England.The Surrender of Napoleon|Sir Frederick Lewis Maitland.
He turned to his myrmidon: "Get a move on you, Herbert; it's a bit parky standing about here."
What Myrmidon or Dolopian, or soldier of stern Ulysses, could in such a tale restrain his tears!The Aeneid of Virgil|Virgil
It sits on the top of its blade of grass, and when a myrmidon passes below, it throws a little skein of cobweb at its head.Atlantis|Gerhart Hauptmann
British Dictionary definitions for Myrmidon
/ (ˈmɜːmɪˌdɒn, -dən) /
noun plural Myrmidons or Myrmidones (mɜːˈmɪdəˌniːz)
Greek myth one of a race of people whom Zeus made from a nest of ants. They settled in Thessaly and were led against Troy by Achilles
(often not capital) a follower or henchman
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