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  • n. name of a tribe, ethnonym


From Ancient Greek ἐθνικόν (ethnikos), neuter gender of ἐθνικός (ethnikos, "national"). (Wiktionary)


  • Some say it's a corruption of "griego" (Greek, the classic Western European ethnicon for something that makes no sense), while others claim it referred to Irish immigrants in Madrid.

    Tucson Weekly

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  • "In introducing Haman, he gives us his patronymic and ethnicon in a manner very similar to the way in which he introduced Mordecai in the previous act."
    Sentence in Word Biblical Commentary on Ruth/Esther by Frederic Bush (pg #383).

    August 19, 2009