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1A Homeric poet or rhapsodist, specifically one of the Homeridae, an Ancient Greek guild of poets in Chios who claimed to be descended from Homer.
2A Homeric scholar.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in Connop Thirlwall (1797–1875), historian and bishop of St David's. From the name of Homer + -id, after German Homeride (usually in plural Homeriden) member of a guild of poets in Chios who claimed descent from Homer, Homeric poet or rhapsodist and its etymon ancient Greek Ὁμηρίδης (usually in plural Ὁμηρίδαι) reciter of epic poems, rhapsodist, imitator or admirer of Homer, in Hellenistic Greek also (in plural) guild of poets in Chios who claimed descent from Homer from Ὅμηρος Homer + -ίδης.
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