Philoctetes

noun
Phi·​loc·​te·​tes | \ fi-ˈläk-tə-ˌtēz How to pronounce Philoctetes (audio) , ˌfi-läk-ˈtē-tēz \

Definition of Philoctetes

: a Greek archer who uses the bow of Hercules to slay Paris at Troy

First Known Use of Philoctetes

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Philoctetes

Greek Philoktētēs

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“Philoctetes.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Philoctetes. Accessed 26 January 2020.

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