Thermopylae from Gk. thermos "hot" (see THERMAL (Cf. thermal)) + pylai, plural of pyle "gate" (see PYLON (Cf. pylon)). In reference to nearby hot sulfur springs.

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  • Thermopylae — (pronEng|θɚˈmɒpəli) (Ancient and Katharevousa Greek Polytonic|Θερμοπύλαι, Demotic Θερμοπύλες: hot gateway ) is a location in Greece where a narrow coastal passage existed in antiquity. It derives its name from several natural hot water… …   Wikipedia

  • Thermopylae — chromolithograph Die Thermopylae 186 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Thermopylae — • A titular see and suffragan of Athens in Achaia Prima Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Thermopylae     Thermopylae     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • THERMOPYLAE — angustiae montis Oetae in Thessalia, in Phthiotide regione apud sinum Oetaeum, seu Maliacum, ubi ex Phthiotide in Phocidem transitus est, 25. tantum pedum spatiô, varie indigitatae. Scelos Io. Lydo: Terremotto Bonacciolo; Bocca di lupo Nardo,… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Thermopylae — [thər mäp′ə lē΄] in ancient Greece, a mountain pass in Locris, near an inlet of the Aegean Sea: scene of a battle (480 B.C. ) in which the Persians under Xerxes destroyed a Spartan army under Leonidas …   English World dictionary

  • Thermopylae — /theuhr mop euh lee /, n. a pass in E Greece, between the cliffs of Mt. Oeta and the Gulf of Lamia: Persian defeat of the Spartans 480 B.C. * * * ▪ mountain pass, Greece Modern Greek  Thermopílai,         narrow pass on the east coast of central… …   Universalium

  • Thermopylae —    Narrow pass that provides access from northern Greece into central Greece and the Peloponnesos (qq.v.). It is best known for its famous defense against Xerxes in 480 B.C. In the Byzantine period, Justinian I (q.v.) provided it with a garrison… …   Historical dictionary of Byzantium

  • Thermopylae — noun A narrow pass on the East central coast of Greece adjacent to the Maliakos Gulf, northwest of Athens. Its name is derived from its hot sulphur springs. It was the site of the Battle of Thermopylae, at which the Spartan King Leonidas stood… …   Wiktionary

  • Thermopylae — noun a famous battle in 480 BC; a Greek army under Leonidas was annihilated by the Persians who were trying to conquer Greece • Syn: ↑battle of Thermopylae • Regions: ↑Greece, ↑Hellenic Republic, ↑Ellas • Instance Hypernyms: ↑pitch …   Useful english dictionary

  • Thermopylae — geographical name locality E Greece between Mt. Oeta & Gulf of Maliakós; once a narrow pass along the coast, now a rocky plain 6 miles (9.6 kilometers) from the sea …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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