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nounAncient Greek History Philosophy
An inhabitant of the ancient Greek city of Megara; specifically a member or adherent of the school of philosophy and logic founded 400 b.c. by Euclides of Megara.
adjectivePhilosophy Ancient Greek History
1Of or relating to Megara or the school of philosophy and logic founded there.
2Designating a type of ceramic bowl of the Hellenistic period, usually hemispherical and with relief ornament.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Nicholas Udall (1504–1556), schoolmaster and playwright. From classical Latin Megara (from ancient Greek Μέγαρα (neuter plural), the name of a Greek city on the Saronic Gulf) + -ian. In form Megarean probably from classical Latin Megareus, adjective + -an.
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