from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Pyrrhus 319-272 B.C. King of Epirus (306-302 and 297-272) who defeated the Romans at Heraclea (280) and Asculum (279) despite his own staggering losses.
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- proper n. Ancient Greek given name, particularly worn by the king of Epirus (319-272 BC) who defeated Romans in several battles, but sustained heavy losses, from which the term Pyrrhic victory was coined.
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- n. king of Epirus; defeated the Romans in two battles in spite of staggering losses (319-272 BC)
From Ancient Greek Πύῤῥος (Purrhos). (Wiktionary)