[pir-uh s]


c318–272 b.c., king of Epirus c300–272.
Classical Mythology. Neoptolemus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of pyrrhus

  • After the defeat of Pyrrhus how much of Italy owned the Romans as masters?

    Introductory American History

    Henry Eldridge Bourne

  • With his father's might Pyrrhus presses on; nor guards nor barriers can hold out.

  • How did his elephants save Pyrrhus—and then we saw them for the first time?

    The Lion's Brood

    Duffield Osborne

  • And then, her blessed dog—Pyrrhus or Pirre; I had a great mind to kill it.

    The Home

    Fredrika Bremer

  • Time passed on, until at length Pyrrhus was twelve years old.


    Jacob Abbott

British Dictionary definitions for pyrrhus



319–272 bc, king of Epirus (306–272). He invaded Italy but was ultimately defeated by the Romans (275 bc)
another name for Neoptolemus
Derived FormsPyrrhic, adjective
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