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halcyon

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English

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] halcyon, alcyon < Ancient Greek ἀλκυών (alkuōn)

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
halcyon

Plural
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  1. in classical legends, a bird said to nest on the sea and to calm the waters to make this possible.
    • undatedJohn Dryden, (source?)
      Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be As halcyons brooding on a winter sea.
  2. (poetic) a kingfisher
    • c.1880Ambrose Bierce, On a Mountain
      And, by the way, during those halcyon days (the halcyon was there, too, chattering above every creek, as he is all over the world) we fought another battle.
  3. (zoology) A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon, such as the sacred kingfisher Halcyon sancta of Australia.

Translations

Adjective

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Positive
halcyon

Comparative
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  1. Pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher
  2. Calm, undisturbed, peaceful, serene.

Quotations

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Latin

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Etymology

From Ancient Greek ἀλκυών (alkuōn)

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /haːlˈkʏ.ɔn/

Noun

halcyon (genitive halcyinis); f., third declension

  1. kingfisher

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