American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- A narrow pass of east-central Greece. It was the site of an unsuccessful Spartan stand against the Persians in 480 B.C.
- 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.
- n. a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece
- From Latin Thermopylae, from Ancient Greek Θερμοπύλαι (Thermopúlai). (Wiktionary)
“Actually, the decisive battle after Thermopylae is the Battle of Salamis, a naval fight between the combined Greek fleet led by the Athenians, and the larger Persian fleet (aided by Ionian Greeks).”
“I suppose a hilltop assault with a sun-blotting shower storm of broadheads (as in Thermopylae) was out of the question?”
“The conversation of Xerxes and Demaratus at Thermopylae is one of the most interesting and moral scenes in history.”
“The Greeks could have stationed their fleet closer to Thermopylae, which is forty miles away from Artemisium.”
“There was a little more width left in the intervening space; but in this there were a number of springs of warm mineral water, salt and sulphurous, which were used for the sick to bathe in, and thus the place was called Thermopylae, or the Hot Gates.”
“This defile received its name Thermopylae, or Hot Gates, from the hot-springs which rose near the base of the mountain.”
“Not to give away too much, in case you don't know the story, Thermopylae, which is also known as "The Hot Gate", is a narrow mountain pass that is the Persians only way into Greece.”
“A rare point break in Cape Town, this wave breaks off the sunken remains of the wreck of a ship called the Thermopylae in Mouille Point.”
“The Cutty Sark's great rival was a ship called Thermopylae, with a more conventional bow shape.”
“This meafure has enabled me to determine the point of Thermopylae, which is alfo given by other means.”
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