Definition of mirmillo in US English:

mirmillo

(also murmillo, myrmillo)

noun

  • A Roman gladiator who wore a helmet crowned by the image of a fish and usually fought against a retiarius.

Origin

Mid 17th century. From post-classical Latin mirmillo, variant of classical Latin murmillō (also myrmillō), apparently from Hellenistic Greek μορμύλος, variant (with dissimilation of consonants) of ancient Greek μορμύρος; presumably so called in Latin because of the image of a fish on the gladiator's helmet.

Pronunciation

mirmillo

/məːˈmɪləʊ/