pancratium

noun

pan·​cra·​ti·​um pan-ˈkrā-shē-əm How to pronounce pancratium (audio)
: an ancient Greek athletic contest involving both boxing and wrestling

Word History

Etymology

Latin, from Greek pankration, from pan- + kratos strength — more at hard

First Known Use

1603, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pancratium was in 1603

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“Pancratium.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pancratium. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

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