[mur-mi-don, -dn]
noun, plural Myrmidons, Myrmidones [mur-mid-n-eez] .
Classical Mythology. one of the warlike people of ancient Thessaly who accompanied Achilles to the Trojan War.
(lowercase) a person who executes without question or scruple a master's commands.

Middle English < Latin Myrmidones (plural) < Greek Myrmidónes Unabridged
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Myrmidon (ˈmɜːmɪˌdɒn, -dən)
n , pl Myrmidons, Myrmidones
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 & History

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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His alleged myrmidons were tried together and convicted.
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