Adonis

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Translingual[edit]

Adonis annua

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From New Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἄδωνις (Ádōnis)

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Adonis f

  1. A taxonomic genus within the family Ranunculaceae — pheasant's eye or blood-drops.

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Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek Ἄδωνις (Ádōnis).

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Adonis

  1. (Greek mythology) A beautiful young man loved by Aphrodite.
    • 1866, Sabine Baring-Gould, Curious Myths of the Middle Ages: S. George,
      The Phœnician Adonis was identical with Tammūz.
    • 1900, James Frazer, The Golden Bough, Chapter 42: Osiris and the Sun,
      A strong reason for interpreting the death of Osiris as the decay of vegetation rather than as the sunset is to be found in the general, though not unanimous, voice of antiquity, which classed together the worship and myths of Osiris, Adonis, Attis, Dionysus, and Demeter, as religions of essentially the same type. The consensus of ancient opinion on this subject seems too great to be rejected as a mere fancy. So closely did the rites of Osiris resemble those of Adonis at Byblus that some of the people of Byblus themselves maintained that it was Osiris and not Adonis whose death was mourned by them.
    • 1921, Jessie Laidlay Weston, From Ritual to Romance, Chapter X: The Secret of the Grail (1) - The Mysteries,
      As Sir J. G. Frazer has before now pointed out, there are parallel and over-lapping forms of this cult, the name of the god, and certain details of the ritual, may differ in different countries, but whether he hails from Babylon, Phrygia, or Phoenicia, whether he be called Tammuz, Attis, or Adonis, the main lines of the story are fixed, and invariable. Always he is young and beautiful, always the beloved of a great goddess; always he is the victim of a tragic and untimely death, a death which entails bitter loss and misfortune upon a mourning world, and which, for the salvation of that world, is followed by a resurrection.
  2. (rare) A male given name

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Adonis (plural Adonises or Adonides)

  1. A beautiful man.

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