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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Helot  \He"lot\  (?;  277),  n.  [L.  Helotes,  Hilotae  pl.,  fr  Gr 
  E'e`lws  and  E'elw`ths  a  bondman  or  serf  of  the  Spartans;  so 
  named  from  'Elos,  a  town  of  Laconia,  whose  inhabitants  were 
  enslaved;  or  perh.  akin  to  e`lei^n  to  take  conquer,  used  as 
  2d  aor.  of  ?.] 
  A  slave  in  ancient  Sparta;  a  Spartan  serf;  hence  a  slave  or 
  serf. 
 
  Those  unfortunates,  the  Helots  of  mankind,  more  or  less 
  numerous  in  every  community.  --I.  Taylor. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  helot 
  n  :  (medieval  Europe)  a  person  who  is  bound  to  the  land  and 
  owned  by  the  feudal  lord  [syn:  {serf},  {villein}] 




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