μυρίος

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Ancient Greek[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Origin uncertain. It may be related to either Indo-European meu- 'damp' (as in 'flowing' like the countless waves of the sea) or Greek μύρμηξ (murmex) 'ant' (like a countless swarm).[1]

Pronunciation[edit]

Adjective[edit]

μῠρίος (muriosm, μυρία f, μυρίον n; first/second declension

  1. numberless, countless, infinite
    1. (poetic) measureless, immense, infinite
    2. (of time) endless
    3. (adverbial, in neuter plural) much, immensely, incessantly
      1. (adverbial, singular dative) infinitely
  2. (as a definite numeral, in the plural) ten thousand, the greatest number expressed in Ancient Greek as a single word

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Usage notes[edit]

According to the Grammarians μυρίος (murios) (paroxytonic) is the indefinite form, and μύριος (murios) (proparoxytonic) is the definite form. However, this distinction is not observed in the manuscripts.

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