One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(A name of) the mainly sceptic school of philosophy developed in the 3rd cent. b.c. by Arcesilaus (316/15–242/1 b.c.) when he was head of the Academy founded by Plato.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Thomas Stanley (1625–1678), poet and classical scholar. From middle + academy, after Hellenistic Greek Ἀκαδήμεια μέση.
Middle Academy/ˌmɪdl əˈkadəmi/
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