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Milesian

[mi-lee-zhuh n, -shuh n, mahy-] /mɪˈli ʒən, -ʃən, maɪ-/
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
1540-1550
1540-50; < Latin Milēsi(us) inhabitant of miletus + -an

Milesian

[mi-lee-zhuh n, -shuh n, mahy-] /mɪˈli ʒən, -ʃən, maɪ-/
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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Milesian2

/maɪˈliːzɪən/
adjective
1.
Irish
noun
2.
an Irishman
Word Origin
C16: from Milesius, a fictitious king of Spain whose sons were supposed to have conquered Ireland
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