Definitions

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  • n. A troop of fifty soldiers in the Spartan army.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A troop of fifty soldiers in the Spartan army; -- called also pentecostys.

Etymologies

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Ancient Greek from a word meaning "fiftieth".

Examples

  • There were seven divisions in the field, besides the Sciritae who numbered six hundred; in each division there were four pentecosties, in every pentecosty four enomoties, and of each enomoty there fought in the front rank four.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • 3 There were seven companies in the field without counting the sciritae, who numbered six hundred men: in each company there were four pentecostyes, and in the pentecosty four enomoties.

    THE LANDMARK THUCYDIDES

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