Milesian

Milesian

[mi-lee-zhuhn, -shuhn, mahy-]
adjective
1.
of or pertaining to Miletus.
2.
Philosophy. noting or pertaining to a school of philosophers of the late 7th to early 5th centuries b.c., including Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes, which was primarily concerned with the nature of matter and change.
noun
3.
a native of Miletus.

Origin:
1540–50; < Latin Milēsi(us) inhabitant of miletus + -an

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Milesian

[mi-lee-zhuhn, -shuhn, mahy-]
noun Irish Legend.
1.
any of the race of people from Spain who invaded Ireland and defeated the Tuatha Dé Danann, and who were the ancestors of the present Irish people.
2.
(sometimes lowercase) an Irishman.
adjective
3.
(sometimes lowercase) Irish.

Origin:
1765–75; Milēsi(us) (Latinization of Irish Miled, legendary Spanish king) + -an

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Milesian1 (maɪˈliːzɪən)
 
adj
1.  of or relating to Miletus
 
n
2.  an inhabitant of Miletus
 
[via Latin from Greek Milēsios]

Milesian2 (maɪˈliːzɪən)
 
adj
1.  Irish
 
n
2.  an Irishman
 
[C16: from Milesius, a fictitious king of Spain whose sons were supposed to have conquered Ireland]

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