catamite

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First attested in English in 1593[1]: from Latin Catamītus, from Etruscan Catmite, from Ancient Greek Γανυμήδης (Ganumḗdēs, Ganymede); in Greek mythology, an attractive Trojan boy abducted to Mount Ólympos by the god Zeus to become his cupbearer and, later, his lover.

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catamite (plural catamites)

  1. The junior partner in a pederastic relationship.

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  1. ^ The Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2001 Douglas Harper