One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Belonging or relating to the ancient town of Idalium in Cyprus, where Aphrodite was worshipped.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in George Turberville (c1543–c1597), poet and translator. From classical Latin Īdalius of or relating to Idalium, used especially of things connected with Aphrodite (from Īdalium, a town in Cyprus sacred to Aphrodite from Hellenistic Greek Ιδάλιον) + -an.
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