One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A Roman gladiator who wore a helmet crowned by the image of a fish and usually fought against a retiarius.
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.
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