coryphaeus

coryphaeus

[kawr-uh-fee-uhs, kor-]
noun, plural coryphaei [kawr-uh-fee-ahy, kor-] .
1.
the leader of the chorus in the ancient Greek drama.
2.
the leader of an operatic chorus or any group of singers.

Origin:
1625–35; < Latin < Greek koryphaîos leading, equivalent to koryph() head, top + -aîos noun suffix

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coryphaeus (ˌkɒrɪˈfiːəs)
 
n , pl -phaei
1.  (in ancient Greek drama) the leader of the chorus
2.  archaic, literary or a leader of a group
 
[C17: from Latin, from Greek koruphaios leader, from koruphē summit]

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