Pygmalion

noun
Pyg·​ma·​lion | \ pig-ˈmāl-yən How to pronounce Pygmalion (audio) , -ˈmā-lē-ən \

Definition of Pygmalion

: a king of Cyprus who makes a female figure of ivory that is brought to life for him by Aphrodite

First Known Use of Pygmalion

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pygmalion

Latin, from Greek Pygmaliōn

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“Pygmalion.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pygmalion. Accessed 25 January 2020.

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