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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompanied Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.
  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. 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.
  • n. [lowercase] A devoted and unquestioning or unscrupulous follower; one who executes without scruple his master's commands.

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

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

Etymologies

From Middle English Mirmidones, Myrmidons, from Latin Myrmidones, from Greek Murmidones.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)

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