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nounAncient Greek History
The founder of a colony in ancient Greece. Hence allusively: the founder of a colony in more recent times.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in George Grote (1794–1871), historian and politician. From ancient Greek οἰκιστής founder of a colony from οἰκίζειν to found as a colony + -ιστής.
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