catapan

noun
cat·​a·​pan | \ ˈkatəˌpan\
plural -s

Definition of catapan

: the governor of Calabria and Apulia under the Byzantine emperors

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History and Etymology for catapan

Medieval Latin catapanus, catipanus, from Middle Greek katapanos, modification of Old Italian capitano leader, commander, from (assumed) Vulgar Latin capitanus foremost, chief, from Latin capit-, caput head

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