Pyrrhus

noun
Pyr·​rhus | \ ˈpir-əs How to pronounce Pyrrhus (audio) \

Definition of Pyrrhus

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a son of Achilles and slayer of Priam at the taking of Troy

Pyrrhus

biographical name
Pyr·​rhus | \ ˈpir-əs How to pronounce Pyrrhus (audio) \

Definition of Pyrrhus (Entry 2 of 2)

319–272 b.c. king of Epirus (306–302; 297–272 b.c.)

First Known Use of Pyrrhus

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Pyrrhus

Noun

Latin, from Greek Pyrrhos

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“Pyrrhus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Pyrrhus. Accessed 27 Oct. 2021.

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