Etymology
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emulous (adj.)

"desirous of equaling or excelling," late 14c., from Latin aemulus "striving, rivaling," in a bad sense "envious, jealous," from aemulari "to rival" (see emulation). Related: Emulously.

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Definitions of emulous

emulous (adj.)
characterized by or arising from emulation or imitation;
emulous (adj.)
eager to surpass others;
Synonyms: rivalrous
From wordnet.princeton.edu