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coryphaeus

[kawr-uh-fee-uh s, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈfi əs, ˌkɒr-/
noun, plural coryphaei
[kawr-uh-fee-ahy, kor-] /ˌkɔr əˈfi aɪ, ˌkɒr-/ (Show IPA)
1.
the leader of the chorus in the ancient Greek drama.
2.
the leader of an operatic chorus or any group of singers.
Origin
1625-1635
1625-35; < Latin < Greek koryphaîos leading, equivalent to koryph() head, top + -aîos noun suffix
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coryphaeus

/ˌkɒrɪˈfiːəs/
noun (pl) -phaei (-ˈfiːaɪ)
1.
(in ancient Greek drama) the leader of the chorus
2.
(archaic or literary) a leader of a group
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek koruphaios leader, from koruphē summit
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