Definition of Homeric catalogue in US English:

Homeric catalogue

(US Homeric catalog)


  • 1(Also more fully "Homeric catalogue of ships") a long and detailed listing of the contingents of the Achaean forces which sailed to Troy, given in the second book of Homer's Iliad.

  • 2(By extension) any similarly long or encyclopedic list.


Early 19th century; earliest use found in John Aikin (1747–1822), physician and writer.