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hop•lite  (hoplīt),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Ancient Historya heavily armed foot soldier of ancient Greece.
hop•lit•ic  (hop litik),USA pronunciation adj. 
  • Greek hoplí̄tēs, equivalent. to hópl(on) piece of armor, particularly the large shield + -ītēs -ite1
  • 1720–30;


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hoplite /ˈhɒplaɪt/ n
  1. (in ancient Greece) a heavily armed infantryman
Etymology: 18th Century: from Greek hoplitēs, from hoplon weapon, from hepein to prepare



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