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Myrmidon

[mur-mi-don, -dn] /ˈmɜr mɪˌdɒn, -dn/
noun, plural Myrmidons, Myrmidones
[mur-mid-n-eez] /mɜrˈmɪd nˌiz/ (Show IPA)
1.
Classical Mythology. one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War.
2.
(lowercase) a person who executes without question or scruple a master's commands.
Origin
Middle English < Latin Myrmidones (plural) < Greek Myrmidónes
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  • His alleged myrmidons were tried together and convicted.
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Myrmidon

/ˈmɜːmɪˌdɒn; -dən/
noun (pl) Myrmidons, Myrmidones (mɜːˈmɪdəˌniːz)
1.
(Greek myth) one of a race of people whom Zeus made from a nest of ants. They settled in Thessaly and were led against Troy by Achilles
2.
(often not capital) a follower or henchman
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Word Origin and History for myrmidons
myrmidon
c.1400, from L. Myrmidones (pl.), from Gk. Myrmidones, Thessalian tribe led by Achilles to the Trojan War, fabled to have been ants changed into men, from Gk. myrmex "ant." Transferred sense of "faithful follower" is from 1610.
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