Odyssey

Odyssey

[od-uh-see]
noun, plural Odysseys for 2.
1.
(italics) an epic poem attributed to Homer, describing Odysseus's adventures in his ten-year attempt to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War.
2.
(often lowercase) a long series of wanderings or adventures, especially when filled with notable experiences, hardships, etc.

Odyssean, adjective
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Odyssey (ˈɒdɪsɪ)
 
n
1.  a Greek epic poem, attributed to Homer, describing the ten-year homeward wanderings of Odysseus after the fall of Troy
2.  (often not capital) any long eventful journey
 
Odyssean
 
adj

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odyssey
c.1600, "Odyssey," from L. Odyssea, from Gk. Odysseia, name of the Homeric epic poem of ancient Greece, relating the 10-year wanderings of Odysseus (L. Ulysses), king of Ithaca, after the Trojan War. Figurative sense of "long, adventurous journey" is first recorded 1889.
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