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Of, or pertaining to an ancient text.

... apparently it can also mean "glorious" or "carefree". ---> Tooironic 02:15, 17 March 2010 (UTC)

Usage by Arthur Conan Doyle[edit]

I encountered this sentence in Arthur Conan Doyle’s “A Study in Scarlet”, Part 2 (The Country of the Saints), Chapter 2 (The Flower of Utah):

He had been a pioneer in California, and could narrate many a strange tale of fortunes made and fortunes lost in those wild, halcyon days.

The senses given in the entry here (calm, undisturbed, peaceful, serene) seem antonymous to that suggested by the context of the quote. Is there a secondary sense of “olden” or something poetic like that, or was just A.C.Doyle confused? Bogdanb 18:31, 30 March 2010 (UTC)

This is a use of the phrase halcyon days, and not a use of halcyon. --EncycloPetey 18:41, 30 March 2010 (UTC)
The comma after "wild" is strange then. Equinox 21:05, 13 January 2011 (UTC)