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A native or inhabitant of the Homeric town of Pylos in the southern Peloponnese, or of the territory ruled by Nestor or his dynasty.
Of or relating to Pylos or its inhabitants.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Arthur Golding (d. 1606), translator. From classical Latin Pylius (adjective) of or belonging to Pylos, (noun) inhabitant of Pylos, and its etymon ancient Greek Πύλιος (adjective) of or belonging to Pylos, (noun) inhabitant of Pylos (from Πύλος (classical Latin Pylos) the name of Pylos, a town in the southern Peloponnese + -ιος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an; compare -ian.
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