Procrustes

noun
Pro·​crus·​tes | \ prə-ˈkrə-(ˌ)stēz How to pronounce Procrustes (audio) , prō- \

Definition of Procrustes

: a villainous son of Poseidon in Greek mythology who forces travelers to fit into his bed by stretching their bodies or cutting off their legs

First Known Use of Procrustes

1567, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Procrustes

Latin, from Greek Prokroustēs

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“Procrustes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Procrustes. Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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