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Amazon (AM-uh-zon, -zuhn) noun

1. Greek Mythology. A member of a nation of women warriors reputed to have lived in Scythia.

2. Often amazon. A tall, aggressive, strong-willed woman.

[Middle English, from Latin Amazon, from Greek, probably of Iranian origin.]

"Jamie Lee gamely does what she can with her ridiculous character (doing some truly impressive stunt work for the role), but Helen is equal parts patsy and amazon. And the mix just doesn't work." Kathi Maio, Drive, She Said: True Lies and Speed, Sojourner: The Women's Forum, Sep 30, 1994.

This week's theme: eponyms.

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A man is truly ethical only when he obeys the compulsion to help all life which he is able to assist, and shrinks from injuring anything that lives. -Albert Schweitzer [The Philosophy of Civilization]


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