Called Eponyms, many words tell interesting tales about their origins.Wittingly or unwittingly, few people and places have left their names for posterity through words that were coined after them. These words are derived from the names of real, fictional, mythical or spurious persons, places or characters, although many of these Eponyms come from the persons surnames.

Here is The List of Eponyms beginning with E.

Epicure: Noun

A person who takes special pleasure in fine food and drink

Greek philosopher Epicurus (341-270 BC) taught that pleasure, particularly mental pleasure, was the highest good.

Erotic: Adjective

Of learning to, or tending to arouse sexual desire or excitement.

Eros was the Greek God of love.

Fabian: Adjective

Employing a cautious, persistent but dilatory strategy to wear out an enemy while avoiding direct battle

Roman general Quintus Fabius Maximus was known for his delaying tactics in his war against Hannibal. After he was appointed dictator in 217 BC, he decided that it was better if the if the Roman army used cautious delaying tactics rather than engage Hannibal’s army in pitched battles. He harassed Hannibal’s army, cut off its supply and repeatedly raided enemy lines. He soon came to be known as Cunctator or Delayer. Today, his policies are described as Fabian, denoting gradual step-by-step change.

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