catamite

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Etymology[edit]

From Latin catamītus (boy kept as a sexual partner), from Catamītus, from Etruscan 𐌂𐌀𐌕𐌌𐌉𐌕𐌄 (Catmite), from Ancient Greek Γανυμήδης (Ganumḗdēs, Ganymede), an attractive Trojan boy supposedly abducted to Mount Olympus by the god Zeus to become his cupbearer and lover.

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  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈkatəmʌɪt/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈkædəˌmaɪt/, /ˈkætəmaɪt/

Noun[edit]

catamite (plural catamites)

  1. A boy or younger man in a homoerotic relationship with an older man. [1552]

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