Theseus

noun
The·​seus | \ ˈthē-ˌsüs How to pronounce Theseus (audio) , -sē-əs How to pronounce Theseus (audio) \

Definition of Theseus

: a king of Athens in Greek mythology who kills Procrustes and the Minotaur before defeating the Amazons and marrying their queen

First Known Use of Theseus

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Theseus

Latin, from Greek Thēseus

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“Theseus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Theseus. Accessed 5 Oct. 2022.

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