Pronounced ah KILL eez
About the name Achilles
Achilles was a hero of the Trojan war. He was killed by an arrow that pierced his heel, the only vulnerable part of his body. The name Achilles may have derived from the Greek achos meaning pain.
Achilles gave his name to a genus of plants commonly called yarrow, bloodwort or allheal. According to the legend, he used this plant to heal his soldiers' wounds. Common yarrow or solder's woundwort Achillea millefolium is used by herbalists to treat bruising and inflammation.
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