/mi lee"zheuhn, -sheuhn, muy-/, adj.
1. of or pertaining to Miletus.
2. Philos. noting or pertaining to a school of philosophers of the late 7th to early 5th centuries B.C., including Thales, Anaximander, and Anaximenes, which was primarily concerned with the nature of matter and change.
3. a native of Miletus.
[1540-50; < L Milesi(us) inhabitant of MILETUS + -AN]
/mi lee"zheuhn, -sheuhn, muy-/, n. Irish Legend.
1. any of the race of people from Spain who invaded Ireland and defeated the Tuatha Dé Danann, and who were the ancestors of the present Irish people.
2. (sometimes l.c.) an Irishman.
3. (sometimes l.c.) Irish.
[1765-75; Milesi(us) (Latinization of Ir Miled, legendary Spanish king) + -AN]

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