One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or relating to Herodotus; specifically reminiscent or characteristic of his historical writing, especially in being very large in scope, extremely detailed, or in containing fanciful or overly dramatic elements.
Mid 18th century; earliest use found in Universal History. From the name of Herodotus (classical Latin Hērodotus, ancient Greek Ἡρόδοτος), Greek historian of the fifth cent. b.c. + -ean.
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