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hoplite

[hop-lahyt] /ˈhɒp laɪt/
noun
1.
a heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
Origin
1720-1730
1720-30; < Greek hoplī́tēs, equivalent to hópl(on) piece of armor, particularly the large shield + -ītēs -ite1
Related forms
hoplitic
[hop-lit-ik] /hɒpˈlɪt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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hoplite

/ˈhɒplaɪt/
noun
1.
(in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
Derived Forms
hoplitic (hɒpˈlɪtɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare
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Word Origin and History for hoplite
n.

"heavy-armed foot soldier of ancient Greece," 1727, from Greek hoplites "heavily armed soldier," literally "heavy armed," from hopla "arms, armor," plural of hoplon "tool, weapon, implement."

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