nightmare or demon that causes nightmares, c.1600, from Greek Ephialtes, name of a demon supposed to cause nightmares; the ancient explanation is that it was from ephallesthai “to leap upon,” but OED finds “considerable” phonological difficulties with this.
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[ih-fip-ee-uh m] /ɪˈfɪp i əm/ noun, plural ephippia [ih-fip-ee-uh] /ɪˈfɪp i ə/ (Show IPA). Zoology. 1. a thick shell, consisting of two chitinous plates, that encloses and protects the winter eggs of a cladoceran.
[ef-od, ee-fod] /ˈɛf ɒd, ˈi fɒd/ noun, Judaism. 1. a richly embroidered, apronlike vestment having two shoulder straps and ornamental attachments for securing the breastplate, worn with a waistband by the high priest. Ex. 28:6, 7, 25–28. /ˈiːfɒd/ noun 1. (Old Testament) an embroidered vestment believed to resemble an apron with shoulder straps, worn by […]
[ef-awr, ef-er] /ˈɛf ɔr, ˈɛf ər/ noun, plural ephors, ephori [ef-uh-rahy] /ˈɛf əˌraɪ/ (Show IPA) 1. one of a body of magistrates in various ancient Dorian states, especially at Sparta, where a body of five was elected annually by the people. /ˈɛfɔː/ noun (pl) -ors, -ori (-əˌraɪ) 1. (in ancient Greece) one of a board […]