adjective Tyr·tae·an \(¦)tər¦tēən\

Definition of Tyrtaean

  1. :  of, relating to, or styled in the manner of the Spartan poet Tyrtaeus noted as a writer of spirited martial and patriotic songs in the 7th century b.c.

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Origin and Etymology of tyrtaean

Tyrtaeus 7th century b.c. Greek elegiac poet + English -an

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