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[tel-uh-muh n, -mon] /ˈtɛl ə mən, -ˌmɒn/
noun, plural telamones
[tel-uh-moh-neez] /ˌtɛl əˈmoʊ niz/ (Show IPA).
atlas (def 5).
Origin of telamon
1700-10; < Latin telamōn < Greek telamṓn bearer, support; identified with Telamon


[tel-uh-muh n, -mon] /ˈtɛl ə mən, -ˌmɒn/
noun, Classical Mythology.
an Argonaut and friend of Hercules, and the father of Ajax and Teucer. Unabridged
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  • Will you, then, invite telamon to this kind of life to ease his grief?

    Cicero's Tusculan Disputations Marcus Tullius Cicero
  • He was not so great, nor nearly so great, as Ajax the son of telamon.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Less fortunate was Pappenheim, the telamon of the army, the bravest soldier of Austria and the church.

    The Thirty Years War, Complete Friedrich Schiller
  • Great Ajax son of telamon heeded the message, and at once spoke to the son of Oileus.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Thee telamon within his own abode325 Rear'd although spurious; mount him, in return, Although remote, on glory's heights again.

  • Aias, the son of telamon, is clearly a 'doublet' of the Locrian Aias; and so forth.

    The Heroic Age H. Munro Chadwick
  • Land or cities were things too much diffused: and even the son of Peleus or of telamon could not put them into his pocket.

  • The father "telamon" and the connection with Aegina are neither of them original in the myth.

  • And on the other side Ajax, the son of telamon, called to the Greeks, and bade them quit themselves like men.

    Stories of the Old world Alfred John Church
  • telamon rushed forward, but stumbled over a projecting root and fell to the ground.

British Dictionary definitions for telamon


noun (pl) telamones (ˌtɛləˈməʊniːz), -mons
a column in the form of a male figure, used to support an entablature Also called atlas Compare caryatid
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek, from tlēnai to bear


/ˈtɛləmən; -ˌmɒn/
(Greek myth) a king of Salamis; brother of Peleus and father of Teucer and Ajax
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