mithra

Mithras

[mith-ras]
noun Persian Mythology.
the god of light and truth, later of the sun.
Also, Mithra [mith-ruh] .


Origin:
< Latin < Greek Míthrās < Old Persian Mithra

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Mithras or Mithra (ˈmɪθræs, ˈmɪθrə)
 
n
Persian myth the god of light, identified with the sun, who slew a primordial bull and fertilized the world with its blood
 
Mithra or Mithra
 
n

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Mithras
Persian god of light, 1550s, from L., from Gk. Mithras, from Avestan Mithra-, from Indo-Iranian *mitram "contract," whence *mitras "contractual partner, friend," conceptualized as a god, or, according to Kent, first the epithet of a divinity and eventually his name; from PIE base *mei- "to bind" (see
mitre). Related to Skt. Mitrah, a Vedic deity associated with Varuna. "His name is one of the earliest Indic words we possess, being found in clay tablets from Anatolia dating to about 1500 B.C." [Calvert Watkins, "Dictionary of Indo-European Roots," 2000].
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