Tiresias

noun
Ti·​re·​si·​as | \ tī-ˈrē-sē-əs How to pronounce Tiresias (audio) , -zē- \

Definition of Tiresias

: a blind seer of Thebes who in one Greek myth is changed into a woman for several years and then changed back to a man

First Known Use of Tiresias

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Tiresias

Latin, from Greek Teiresias

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“Tiresias.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Tiresias. Accessed 1 Oct. 2020.

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