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

  • n. Greek Mythology A member of a nation of women warriors reputed to have lived in Scythia.
  • n. A tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman.
  • n. A small green parrot of the genus Amazona, having a short tail and red-and-blue wings, native to Central and South America.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A member of a mythical race of female warriors inhabiting the Black Sea area.
  • n. A female warrior.
  • n. A tall, strong, or athletic woman.
  • proper n. A river of South America that flows through Brazil for about 4000 miles to the South Atlantic.
  • proper n. A region including much of this river; specifically, the region of the Amazon Rainforest, or of the Amazon River Basin.
  • proper n. Used attributively in compounds.
  • n. Any of the large parrots from the genus Amazona.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a fabulous race of female warriors in Scythia; hence, a female warrior.
  • n. A tall, strong, masculine woman; a virago.
  • n. A name numerous species of South American parrots of the genus Chrysotis.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Gr. Legend, one of a race of women who dwelt on the coast of the Black Sea and in the Caucasus mountains.
  • n. A warlike or masculine woman; hence, a quarrelsome woman; a virago.
  • n. A general book-name of any South American parrot, of the genus Chrysotis, of which there are numerous species.
  • n. A name of sundry humming-birds: as, the royal amazon, Bellatrix regina.

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

  • n. a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles)
  • n. a large strong and aggressive woman
  • n. (Greek mythology) one of a nation of women warriors of Scythia (who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively)
  • n. mainly green tropical American parrots


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

Middle English, from Latin Amāzōn, from Greek Amazōn, probably of Iranian origin.

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From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἀμαζών (Amazōn).

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From Spanish, Río Amazonas. It is common belief that the Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana fought a battle against a tribe of Tapuya savages, in which the women fought alongside the men. He no doubt derived the name from the Amazons in Greek mythology.


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