amphictyon

noun am·phic·ty·on \amˈfiktēən, -ēˌän\

Definition of amphictyon

plural

-s

  1. :  a deputy to an amphictyonic council

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Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: circa 1691


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