An·​dro·​cles ˈan-drə-ˌklēz How to pronounce Androcles (audio)
: a fabled Roman slave spared in the arena by a lion from whose foot he had years before extracted a thorn

Word History


Latin, from Greek Androklēs

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Androcles was in 1607

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“Androcles.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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