am·​phic·​ty·​on | \ amˈfiktēən, -ēˌän \
plural -s

Definition of amphictyon

: a deputy to an amphictyonic council

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First Known Use of amphictyon

circa 1691, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for amphictyon

back-formation from Amphictyons, plural, from Latin Amphictyones, from Greek Amphiktyones, Amphiktiones, literally, neighbors, from amphi- + -ktyones, -ktiones (from ktizein to found); akin to Sanskrit kṣeti he dwells, kṣiti abode, Avestan shitish dwelling, Armenian šen inhabited, cultivated

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“Amphictyon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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