Word of the Day

Word of the Day: Myrmidon
 
Pronunciation: (MUHR-mi-dahn, -duhn)
 
Definition: (noun)
 
1) one who unquestioningly follows orders.
2) a member of a warlike Thessalian people led by Achilles at the siege of Troy.
3) a hired ruffian or unscrupulous subordinate.
 
Etymology: In Greek mythology, the Myrmidons were led by Achilles in the Trojan War. The name is possibly from Greek myrmex (ant). In a version of the story, Zeus created Myrmidons from ants. Earliest documented use: 1425.