Amazon meaning

ămə-zŏn, -zən
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The definition of an amazon is a woman possessing extraordinary height and strength.

An example of someone who might be considered an Amazon is a tall professional track runner who is female.

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The Amazon, in South America, is the largest river in the world.

An example of a country where the Amazon runs through is Brazil.

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A tall, strong, athletic woman.

Although the evidence for real Amazons is thin, women athletes are often dubbed amazons.

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Any of various predominantly green parrots of the genus Amazona, native to Central and South America and sometimes kept as pets.
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In mythology, an Amazon was defined as a female in battle known to live in Pontus, close to the Black Sea.

An example of an Amazon was Penthesilea.

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A tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman.
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(gr. myth.) Any of a race of female warriors supposed to have lived in Scythia, near the Black Sea.
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Any of a genus (Polyergus) of ants that makes slaves of other ants.
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A small, greenish parrot (genus Amazona) of Central and South America, often kept as a pet.
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(place) River in South America, flowing from the Andes in Peru across N Brazil into the Atlantic: c. 4,000 mi (6,437 km)
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(Greek mythology) A member of a mythical race of female warriors inhabiting the Black Sea area.
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A female warrior.
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A tall, strong, or athletic woman.
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A river of South America that flows through Brazil for about 4000 miles to the South Atlantic.
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A region including much of this river; specifically, the region of the Amazon Rainforest, or of the Amazon River Basin.
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Used attributively in compounds.

The Amazon River; the Amazon Rainforest; the Amazon Basin.

Amazon milk frog.

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Any of the large parrots from the genus Amazona.
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Amazon.com Inc, a very large internet retailer.
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A member of a legendary nation of women warriors reputed to have lived in ancient Scythia.
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A tall, strong, aggressive woman.
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Origin of amazon

  • Middle English from Latin Amāzōn from Greek Amazōn probably of Iranian origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Spanish, Río Amazonas. It is common belief that the Spanish explorer Francisco de Orellana fought a battle against a tribe of Tapuya savages, in which the women fought alongside the men. He no doubt derived the name from the Amazons in Greek mythology.

    From Wiktionary

  • Chosen by Jeff Bezos in 1994 as a word beginning with 'A' which had existing connotations (see meanings listed in etymologies 1 & 2) of being exotic, different, and (as the Amazon River) the largest of its kind in the world.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Amazon, from Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἀμαζών (Amazōn).

    From Wiktionary

  • From Middle English, from Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἀμαζών (Amazōn).

    From Wiktionary