heretoga

noun
he·​re·​to·​ga | \ ˌherəˈtōgə \
variants: or less commonly heretogh \ ˈherəˌtōḵ \
plural -s

Definition of heretoga

: the leader of an army or commander of militia in Anglo-Saxon England

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History and Etymology for heretoga

Middle English & Old English; Middle English heretogh, from Old English heretoga; akin to Old Frisian hertoga leader of an army, duke, Old Saxon heritogo, Old High German herizoho, herizogo, Old Norse hertogi; all from a prehistoric Germanic compound whose constituents are akin respectively to Old English here army and to Old English togian to draw, drag, and that is probably a translation of Greek stratēlatēs leader of an army

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“Heretoga.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heretoga. Accessed 5 Dec. 2021.

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