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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A hero celebrated as an elderly and wise counselor to the Greeks at Troy.
  • n. Greek Mythology A venerable and wise old man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Strigopidae — the kea and kaka.
  • proper n. An old and wise king in Homer's Iliad.
  • proper n. A male given name, rare in English.
  • proper n. An old counselor

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of parrots with gray heads, of New Zealand and Papua, allied to the cockatoos. See kaka.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The oldest and wisest (because most experienced) man of a class or company: in allusion to Nestor in Greek legend.
  • n. A counselor; an adviser.
  • n. In ornithology, a genus of parrots having a remarkably long beak: named from the gray head.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a genus of Psittacidae
  • n. (Greek mythology) a wise old counselor to the Greeks at Troy

Etymologies

Greek Nestōr.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (Wiktionary)
Ancient Greek Νέστωρ (Néstôr), possibly from  (neisthai, "to return safely"),  (nostos, "homecoming"). (Wiktionary)

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