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1An imitator or follower of Homer; a person who recites Homeric poems, a Homeric rhapsodist. Now historical.
2A Homeric scholar.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Master Broughtons Letters Answered. Originally from classical Latin Homērista reciter of Homer, rhapsodist from Hellenistic Greek Ὁμηριστής rhapsodist, actor of Homeric scenes from ancient Greek Ὅμηρος Homer + -ιστής. In later use independently from the name of Homer + -ist.
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