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

  • A narrow pass of east-central Greece. It was the site of an unsuccessful Spartan stand against the Persians in 480 B.C.

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  • proper n. A narrow pass on the East-central coast of Greece adjacent to the Maliakos Gulf, northwest of Athens. Its name is derived from its hot sulphur springs. It was the site of the Battle of Thermopylae, at which the Spartan King Leonidas stood off, for a time, the Persian armies of Xerxes.

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

  • n. a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece

Etymologies

From Latin Thermopylae, from Ancient Greek Θερμοπύλαι (Thermopúlai). (Wiktionary)

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