PRONUNCIATION: PRO-tee-uhs, -tyoos)

MEANING: noun: One who can easily change appearance, form, character, principles, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: After Proteus, a sea god in Greek mythology, who could assume different forms. He got his name from Greek protos (first) as he was one of the earliest sea gods. Earliest documented use: 1528. The adjectival form is protean.

PROTEANS- Odo again!

PROTEURS - professional amateurs (e.g. many college football players)

EROTEUS - a strip-tease artist