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(hop′līt),USA pronunciation n.
(hop lit′ik),USA pronunciation adj.
- Ancient Historya heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
- Greek hoplí̄tēs, equivalent. to hópl(on) piece of armor, particularly the large shield + -ītēs -ite1
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hoplite /ˈhɒplaɪt/ n
Etymology: 18th Century: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare
- (in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
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