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Etymology

From Ancient Greek εἴδωλον (eidōlon), image, idol) from εἶδος (eidos), form).

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idol

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  1. A graven image or representation of anything that is revered, or believed to convey spiritual power.
    • 1911 The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God, J. Milton Hayes:
    There's a one-eyed yellow idol to the north of Khatmandu,There's a little marble cross below the town; There's a broken-hearted woman tends the grave of Mad Carew, And the Yellow God forever gazes down.
  2. A cultural icon, or especially popular person.

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