Achilles

noun
Achil·​les | \ ə-ˈki-lēz How to pronounce Achilles (audio) \

Definition of Achilles

1 : the greatest warrior among the Greeks at Troy and slayer of Hector

First Known Use of Achilles

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Achilles

Latin, from Greek Achilleus

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“Achilles.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Achilles. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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