Achates

noun
Acha·​tes | \ ə-ˈkā-tēz How to pronounce Achates (audio) \

Definition of Achates

: a faithful companion of Aeneas in Virgil's Aeneid

First Known Use of Achates

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Achates

Latin

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“Achates.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Achates. Accessed 12 December 2019.

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