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myriad

[mir-ee-uh d] /ˈmɪr i əd/
noun
1.
a very great or indefinitely great number of persons or things.
2.
ten thousand.
adjective
3.
of an indefinitely great number; innumerable:
the myriad stars of a summer night.
4.
having innumerable phases, aspects, variations, etc.:
the myriad mind of Shakespeare.
5.
ten thousand.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Greek mȳriad- (stem of mȳriás) ten thousand; see -ad1
Related forms
myriadly, adverb
Synonyms
4. countless, boundless, infinite, untold.
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British Dictionary definitions for myriad

myriad

/ˈmɪrɪəd/
adjective
1.
innumerable
noun
2.
(also used in pl) a large indefinite number
3.
(archaic) ten thousand
Word Origin
C16: via Late Latin from Greek murias ten thousand
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Word Origin and History for myriad
n.

1550s, from Middle French myriade and directly from Late Latin myrias (genitive myriadis) "ten thousand," from Greek myrias (genitive myriados) "a number of ten thousand, countless numbers," from myrios (plural myrioi) "innumerable, countless, infinite; boundless," as a definite number, "ten thousand" ("the greatest number in Greek expressed by one word," Liddell & Scott say), of unknown origin; perhaps from PIE *meue- "abundant" (cf. Hittite muri- "cluster of grapes," Latin muto "penis," Middle Irish moth "penis"). Specific use is usually in translations from Greek or Latin.

adj.

c.1800, from myriad (n.).

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