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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Greek Mythology A member of a warlike Thessalian people who were ruled by Achilles and followed him on the expedition against Troy.
  • noun A faithful follower who carries out orders without question.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One of a warlike ancient Greek people of Phthiotis in Thessaly, over whom, according to the legend, Achilles ruled, and who accompanied him to Troy.
  • noun [lowercase] A devoted and unquestioning or unscrupulous follower; one who executes without scruple his master's commands.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompanied Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.
  • noun A soldier or a subordinate civil officer who executes cruel orders of a superior without protest or pity; -- sometimes applied to bailiffs, constables, etc.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompanied Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.

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

  • noun (Greek mythology) a member of the warriors who followed Achilles on the expedition against Troy
  • noun a follower who carries out orders without question

Etymologies

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

[From Middle English Mirmidones, Myrmidons, from Latin Myrmidones, from Greek Murmidones.]

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Latin Myrmidones, from Ancient Greek Μυρμιδόνες (Myrmidones), a tribe of warriors led by Achilles to the Trojan War. Folk etymology in Ovid's time derived the tribe's name from μυρμηδών ("ant-nest", from μύρμηξ, "ant").

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