Phi·​loc·​te·​tes fi-ˈläk-tə-ˌtēz How to pronounce Philoctetes (audio)
: a Greek archer who uses the bow of Hercules to slay Paris at Troy

Examples of Philoctetes in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then the Trojan War dragged on for a decade, and a seer told Odysseus that the Greeks couldn’t win without Philoctetes. Elif Batuman, The New Yorker, 1 Sep. 2020

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Word History


Greek Philoktētēs

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Philoctetes was in the 14th century

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“Philoctetes.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2023.

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