hoplite

hoplite

[hop-lahyt]
noun
a heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.

Origin:
1720–30; < Greek hoplī́tēs, equivalent to hópl(on) piece of armor, particularly the large shield + -ītēs -ite1

hoplitic [hop-lit-ik] , adjective
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hoplite (ˈhɒplaɪt)
 
n
(in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
 
[C18: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare]
 
hoplitic
 
adj

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hoplite
"heavy-armed foot soldier of ancient Greece," 1727, from Gk. hoplites "heavy armed," from hoplon "tool, weapon."
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