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

  • adj. Of or relating to the dynasty that ruled the Persian Empire.
  • n. A member or subject of this dynasty.

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  • adj. relating to the dynasty which ruled the Persian empire c. 550–330 BCE (the Achaemenid Empire), founded by Achaemenes
  • n. a member of the dynasty which ruled the Persian empire c. 550–330 BCE (the Achaemenid Empire)


After Achaemenes, legendary ancestor of Cyrus II, founder of the dynasty.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Ἀχαιμενίδης. (Wiktionary)


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