nounpl. -·dons· or Myr·mid′o·nes·
- Gr. Legend any of the tribe of Thessalian warriors who fight under Achilles, their king, in the Trojan War
- [m-] an unquestioning follower or subordinate
Origin of MyrmidonMiddle English mirmidones from Classical Latin Myrmidones, plural from Gr, the Myrmidons
- Greek Mythology A member of a warlike Thessalian people who were ruled by Achilles and followed him on the expedition against Troy.
- myrmidon A faithful follower who carries out orders without question.
Origin of MyrmidonFrom Middle English Mirmidones Myrmidons from Latin Myrmidones from Greek Murmidones
Latin Myrmidones, from Ancient Greek ÎœÏ…ÏÎ¼Î¹Î´ÏŒÎ½ÎµÏ‚ (Myrmidones), a tribe of warriors led by Achilles to the Trojan War. Folk etymology in Ovid's time derived the tribe's name from Î¼Ï…ÏÎ¼Î·Î´ÏŽÎ½ ("ant-nest", from Î¼ÏÏÎ¼Î·Î¾, "ant").
- One of a fierce tribe or troop who accompanied Achilles, their king, to the Trojan war.