gryllus

noun
gryl·​lus | \ ˈgriləs \

Definition of gryllus

1 capitalized : a genus (the type of the family Gryllidae) of crickets once construed as including all known crickets but now restricted to certain typical Old World forms — compare acheta
2 plural grylli\ -​iˌlī \ [Latin] : a comic combination of animals or of animal and human forms in Greco-Roman glyptic art especially in intaglios

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History and Etymology for gryllus

New Latin, from Latin, cricket, grasshopper, a kind of comic figure, from Greek gryllos Egyptian dance, performer of an Egyptian dance, comic figure, caricature

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“Gryllus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gryllus. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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