MEANING: noun:
1. A long narrative, especially an epic poem describing martial exploits.
2. A long series of miseries or disasters.

ETYMOLOGY: After Iliad, a Greek epic poem traditionally attributed to Homer. From Ilion, ancient Greek name of the city of Troy, an area now in modern Turkey. Earliest documented use: 1579.


PILIAD - after pilus, ancient Latin name for a hair-like appendage.

1. a hair-raising tale;
2. a marketing message that makes you want to tear your hair out