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See also: Halcyon
halcyon (plural halcyons)
- (poetic) A kingfisher said in classical mythology to nest on the sea, thereby calming the waters.
- 1603, Michel de Montaigne, chapter 12, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes […], book II, London: […] Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821:
- the Halcyon bird, or as some call it Alcedo or Kings-fisher, exceeds all mens conceit. […] Gods decree hath been, that all the watrie wildernesse should be quiet and made calme, without raine, wind, or tempest, during the time the Halcyon sitteth and bringeth forth her young-ones […].
- 1665, John Dryden, The Indian Emperour
- Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be / As halcyons brooding on a winter sea.
- A tropical kingfisher of the genus Halcyon, such as the sacred kingfisher (Halcyon sancta) of Australia.
bird of genus Halcyon
- Pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (figuratively) Calm, undisturbed, peaceful, serene.
- Synonyms: at peace, blissful, calm, peaceful, prelapsarian, relaxed, serene; see also Thesaurus:quiet
- 1842, Thomas De Quincey, Cicero:
- Deep, halcyon repose.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 1, in The China Governess:
- The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.
- (Classical) IPA(key): /ˈhal.ky.oːn/, [ˈhäɫ̪kyoːn]
- (Ecclesiastical) IPA(key): /ˈal.t͡ʃi.on/, [ˈɑl̠ʲt͡ʃiɔn]
- (kingfisher, halcyon): alcēdō