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Idiotes

Idiot originally comes from the Greek word idiotes used to refer to a person who was a private individual, or more specifically, one who was so preoccupied with their own personal life that they would not take part in the democratic process.

Ultimate Book of Top Ten Lists by Jamie Frater, 2009.

Tyrant

In early Greek history, the term was applied to any man who obtained despotic power in a state. The term was applied by the Greeks to the mild Pisistratus, but not to the autocrats of Persia.

Harper’s Book of Facts, 1905.

Troglodytes

A name given by the ancient Greeks to various races of savages who lived in caverns or abodes excavated in the earth. Figuratively applied to one who secludes himself from the affairs of the world.

Harper’s Book of Facts, 1905.

Nephalia

Sacrifices of sobriety among the Greeks, when they offered mead instead of wine to the sun and moon, to nymphs, to Aurora, and to Venus; and burned any wood but the vine, fig-tree and mulberry-tree, esteemed symbols of drunkenness.

Harper’s Book of Facts, 1905.

Eucalyptus

A member of the Myrtaceae family, the genus Eucalyptus gets its name from the Greek eu, meaning well, and kalypto, meaning to cover.

Latin for Gardeners by Lorraine Harrison, 2012.

Walnut

It is native to Persia, but it was introduced to Europe at least 1,000 years before Christ and was well known to the Greeks and Romans who dedicated it to Diana and Jupiter, respectively.

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.

Thyme

The ancient Greeks were aware of its value in perfume, since the name comes from the Greek thymon, or sacrifice, owing to its presence in the temple incense.

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.

Sage

It has a venerable history, particularly as a medicinal herb among the ancient Greeks, Romans and Arabs, who considered it a general tonic. Besides being good for cleaning the teeth, it improved the memory and alleviated grief.

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.

Raspberry

Raspberries take their scientific name (Rubus idaeus) from Mount Ida in Turkey where, according to legend, the Greek gods went berrying and returned with raspberries, to the everlasting delight of humankind.

The World Encyclopedia of Food by L. Patrick Coyle, 1982.