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Adonis definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

ADO'NIS, n. In mythology, the favorite of Venus, said to be the son of Cinyras, king of Cyprus. He was fond of hunting, and received a mortal wound from the tusk of a wild boar. Venus lamented his death, and changed him into the flower, anemony.
ADO'NIS, in botany, bird's eye or pheasant's eye.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: any handsome young man
2: annual or perennial herbs [syn: Adonis, genus Adonis]
3: (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone; "when Adonis died Zeus decreed that he should spend winters in the underworld with Persephone and spend summers with Aphrodite"

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Ad?nis Date: 1565 1. a youth loved by Aphrodite who is killed at hunting by a wild boar and restored to Aphrodite from Hades for a part of each year 2. a very handsome young man

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a handsome young man. Phrases and idioms: Adonis blue a kind of butterfly, Lysandra bellargus. Etymology: the name of a youth loved by Venus: L f. Gk f. Phoen. adon lord

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Adonis A*do"nis ([.a]*d[=o]"n[i^]s), n. [L., gr. Gr. 'A`dwnis.] 1. (Gr. Myth.) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar. 2. A pre["e]minently beautiful young man; a dandy. 3. (Bot.) A genus of plants of the family Ranunculace[ae], containing the pheasant's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

a-do'-nis: A name for the Babylonian god TAMMUZ, which see. The word occurs only in the English Revised Version, margin of Isa 17:10, where for "pleasant plants" is read "plantings of Adonis." The the American Standard Revised Version rightly omits this marginal suggestion.

Foolish Dictionary

A beautiful youth, beloved by Venus and killed by a boar.

Bores have been the death of us ever since.



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