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n. pl. eph·ors or eph·o·ri (-ə-rī′)
One of five elected magistrates exercising a supervisory power over the kings of Sparta.
[Latin ephorus, from Greek ephoros, from ephorān, to oversee : ep-, epi-, epi- + horān, to see; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]
eph′or·ate′ (-ə-rāt′, -ə-rĭt) n.
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n, pl -ors or -ori (-əˌraɪ)
(Historical Terms) (in ancient Greece) one of a board of senior magistrates in any of several Dorian states, esp the five Spartan ephors, who were elected by vote of all full citizens and who wielded effective power
[C16: from Greek ephoros, from ephoran to supervise, from epi- + horan to look]
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eph•or(ˈɛf ɔr, ˈɛf ər)
n., pl. -ors, -or•i (-əˌraɪ)
one of a body of magistrates in ancient Dorian states, esp. at Sparta, where a body of five was elected annually by the people.
[1580–90; < Latin ephorus < Greek éphoros overseer, guardian, ruler (compare ephorân to look over =ep- ep- + horân to see, look)]
eph′or•ate (-əˌreɪt, -ər ɪt) n.
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