Achillean

adjective

Achil·​le·​an ¦a-kə-¦lē-ən How to pronounce Achillean (audio)
ə-ˈki-lē-
: like Achilles (as in strength, invincibility, or moody and resentful wrath)

Word History

Etymology

Achilles, hero of Homer's Iliad (from Latin, from Greek Achilleus) + English -an

First Known Use

1576, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Achillean was in 1576

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“Achillean.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Achillean. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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