plural -s
: the governor of Calabria and Apulia under the Byzantine emperors

Word History


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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“Catapan.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2024.

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