Usage Greek Mythology
Scripts Ὀρσίλοχος(Ancient Greek)
Other Forms FormsVariant transcription: Orsilokhos. Variant form: Ὀρτίλοχος (Ortilochos or Ortilokhos)
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Meaning & History
The first element of this name is uncertain. It might possibly be derived from ὄρσω (orso), the future case of the Greek verb ὄρνυμι (ornymi) meaning "to awaken, to arouse" as well as "to raise, to excite" and "to stir up". Another possibility might be ὀρσός (orsos), the Laconian form of the adjective ὀρθός (orthos) meaning "straight, upright" as well as "righteous, just". Laconian (also known as Laconic) was a dialect of Doric Greek.The second element of this name is derived from the Greek noun λόχος (lochos) meaning "ambush", a word that later came to signify a tactical sub unit of the ancient Greek army. The word is ultimately derived from the Greek verb λοχάω (lochao) meaning "to lie in wait for, to waylay" as well as "to snare".