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Am·a·zon

 (ăm′ə-zŏn′, -zən)
n.
1. A member of a legendary nation of women warriors reputed to have lived in ancient Scythia.
2. often amazon A tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman.
3. often amazon Any of various predominantly green parrots of the genus Amazona, native to Central and South America and sometimes kept as pets.

[Middle English, from Latin Amāzōn, from Greek Amazōn, probably of Iranian origin.]
Word History: In classical legend, the Amazons were a tribe of warrior women. Their name is supposedly derived from Greek a-mazos, "without a breast," because according to the legend they cut off their right breasts so as to be better able to shoot with a bow and arrow. This folk etymology, like most folk etymologies, is incorrect, but the Amazons of legend are not so completely different from the historical Amazons, who were also warriors. The historical Amazons were Scythians, an Iranian people renowned for their cavalry. The first Greeks to come into contact with the Iranians were the Ionians, who lived on the coast of Asia Minor and were constantly threatened by the Persians, the most important of the Iranian peoples. Amazōn is the Ionian Greek form of the Iranian word ha-mazan, "fighting together." The regular Greek form would be hamazōn, but because the Ionians dropped their aitches like Cockneys, hamazōn became amazōn, the form taken into the other Greek dialects.

amazon

(ˈæməzən)
n
(Animals) any of various tropical American parrots of the genus Amazona, such as A. farinosa (green amazon), having a short tail and mainly green plumage

Amazon

(ˈæməzən)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth one of a race of women warriors of Scythia near the Black Sea
2. (Non-European Myth & Legend) one of a legendary tribe of female warriors of South America
3. (often not capital) any tall, strong, or aggressive woman
[C14: via Latin from Greek Amazōn, of uncertain origin]
Amazonian adj

Amazon

(ˈæməzən)
n
(Placename) a river in South America, rising in the Peruvian Andes and flowing east through N Brazil to the Atlantic: in volume, the largest river in the world; navigable for 3700 km (2300 miles). Length: over 6440 km (4000 miles). Area of basin: over 5 827 500 sq km (2 250 000 sq miles)

Am•a•zon

(ˈæm əˌzɒn, -zən)

n.
1. a river in N South America, flowing E from the Peruvian Andes through N Brazil to the Atlantic Ocean: the largest river in the world in volume of water carried. 3900 mi. (6280 km) long.
2. (in legends of the ancient Greeks) a member of a nation of female warriors.
3. (often l.c.) a tall, powerful, forceful woman.
[< Latin Amazōn < Greek Amazṓn, of obscure orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Amazon - a large strong and aggressive womanamazon - a large strong and aggressive woman
adult female, woman - an adult female person (as opposed to a man); "the woman kept house while the man hunted"
2.Amazon - (Greek mythology) one of a nation of women warriors of Scythia (who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively)Amazon - (Greek mythology) one of a nation of women warriors of Scythia (who burned off the right breast in order to use a bow and arrow more effectively)
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
3.Amazon - a major South American riverAmazon - a major South American river; arises in the Andes and flows eastward into the South Atlantic; the world's 2nd longest river (4000 miles)
Brasil, Brazil, Federative Republic of Brazil - the largest Latin American country and the largest Portuguese speaking country in the world; located in the central and northeastern part of South America; world's leading coffee exporter
Peru, Republic of Peru - a republic in western South America; achieved independence from Spain in 1821; was the heart of the Inca empire from the 12th to 16th centuries
4.Amazon - mainly green tropical American parrotsamazon - mainly green tropical American parrots
parrot - usually brightly colored zygodactyl tropical birds with short hooked beaks and the ability to mimic sounds
Amazona, genus Amazona - a genus of Psittacidae
Translations
Amazonka
AmazonaAmazonka
Amazonka

Amazon

[ˈæməzən]
A. N
1. (Geog) → Amazonas m
2. (Myth) → amazona f (fig) (also amazon) → amazona f (US) (pej) → marimacho m
B. CPD Amazon basin Ncuenca f del Amazonas
Amazon jungle Nselva f de Amazonas

Amazon

[ˈæməzən]
n
(= river) → Amazone m
(= woman) (in mythology)Amazone f
modif (= Amazonian) [tribe, Indian, rainforest] → amazonien(ne), de l'Amazonie
the Amazon region → l'Amazonie
the Amazon jungle → la forêt amazonienne Amazon basinAmazon basin n
the Amazon basin → le bassin de l'Amazone

Amazon

nAmazonas m; (Myth, fig) → Amazone f

Amazon

[ˈæməzn]
1. n
a. the Amazon (river) → il Rio delle Amazzoni
b. (Myth) → Amazzone f
2. adj (basin) → amazzonico/a
the Amazon rainforest → la foresta amazzonica
References in classic literature ?
Humboldt came to America to realize his youthful dreams of a tropical vegetation, and he beheld it in its greatest perfection in the primitive forests of the Amazon, the most gigantic wilderness on the earth, which he has so eloquently described.
Lawrence, the Mississippi, the Amazon, the Plata, the Orinoco, the Niger, the Senegal, the Elbe, the Loire, and the Rhine, which carry water from the most civilised, as well as from the most savage, countries
A solitary amazon swallowing the dust and the salt spray of the Corniche promenade would attract too much attention.
You are aware--or probably, in this half-educated age, you are not aware--that the country round some parts of the Amazon is still only partially explored, and that a great number of tributaries, some of them entirely uncharted, run into the main river.
The captain of the distressed vessel, at last heading the injunction, cast down his bucket, and it came up full of fresh, sparkling water from the mouth of the Amazon River.
well, because everyone is going: and besides- I am not Joan of Arc or an Amazon.
and Mac pointed to the little Amazon pelting down the hill at such a rate.
Olivia would be drawn as an amazon, sitting upon a bank of flowers, dressed in a green Joseph,* richly laced with gold, and a whip in her hand.
The "Aethiopis" thus included the coming of the Amazon Penthesilea to help the Trojans after the fall of Hector and her death, the similar arrival and fall of the Aethiopian Memnon, the death of Achilles under the arrow of Paris, and the dispute between Odysseus and Aias for the arms of Achilles.
She was a woman, a nut-brown woman, an Amazon, a full-blooded, full-bodied woman, and royal ripe.
Fisheries to feed a canning Factory on the banks of the Amazon was one of them.
The ship was wrecked at the mouth of the Amazon, but the crew and the cargo were saved.