Origin: L Helotes, Hilotae, pl. < Gr Heilōtes, pl., taken as after Helos, town in Laconia whose inhabitants were enslaved by the Spartans, but < ? base of haliskesthai, to be captured < IE base *wel-, to tear, injure > L vellere, to pluck, tear away
See Helot in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: From Greek Heilōtes
Origin: , pl. of Heilōs, Heilōt-.
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