One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A goat-like creature similar to a satyr. Also: (the name of) a Greek god resembling, and sometimes considered to be identical to, the god Pan.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Elyot (c1490–1546), humanist and diplomat. From classical Latin Aegipān Goat-Pan, the offspring of Jupiter and a goat (Hyginus), member of a satyr-like people of Libya (Mela, Pliny) from Hellenistic Greek Αἰγίπαν Goat-Pan from ancient Greek αἰγ-, αἴξ goat (from the same Indo-European base as Armenian ayc) + Πάν, the god Pan.
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