- A poetical foot of three sylables (-- ~ ~), one long followed by two short, or one accented followed by two unaccented.
Irish mythology. An important god in Irish mythology.
noun (wikipedia, tutelary)
- A tutelary spirit that guides a person; a genius.
1891, Walter James Hoffman, The Mide'wiwin or "Grand Medicine Society" of the Ojibwa
- :The object which first appears is adopted as the personal mystery, guardian spirit, or tutelary of the entranced, and is never mentioned by him without first making a sacrifice.
1900, w:Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr., Oliver Wendell Holmes, Over the Teacups
- :All at once, my "that other Me over whom I button my waistcoat when I button it over my own person"put it into my head to look up the story of Madame Saqui.
1960, Charles I. Glicksberg, Norman Mailer: The Angry Young Novelist in America, in Wisconsin Studies in Contemporary Literature, vol. 1, no. 1
- :He will release his pent-up rage and fear no evil, for his genius is with him, and his bids him violate all the taboos of the literary marketplace.
- (greekmyth) A dryad pursued by Apollo, who was turned into a laurel tree by the river god Peneus.
- (given name, female, from Greek, ).
- The outermost natural satellite of Mars
Irish mythology. The foremost tragic heroine in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Daughter of Fedlimid mac Daill. At birth, Cathbad foretold that she would be very beautiful, but that kings and lords would go to war over her. She committed suicide.
- A beautiful, but suicidal woman.
- Of or relating to Delphi or its oracles.
- obscure, Obscurely prophetic.
- (greekmyth) The goddess of the fertility of the Earth and harvests, protector of marriage and social order; daughter of Cronos and Rhea, mother to Persephone
- A half-god or hero; the offspring of a god and a mortal.
- A lesser deity.
The demon of stupidity haunts me whenever I open my mouth.
- an evil spirit
- a fallen angel or Satanic divinity; a false god
- one's inner spirit or genius, a daimon
- (Greek mythology) a spirit or lesser divinity between men and gods
- a foible; a flaw in a person's character
He's a demon at the card tables.
- someone of remarkable or diabolical energy or ability
- (given name, female), modern use of the English noun destiny
- (Roman mythology) The daughter of Latona and Jupiter, and twin sister of Apollo. The virgin moon goddess of the hunt, associated wild animals and the forest or wilderness, and an emblem of chastity.
- (given name, female)
- Of or pertaining to w:Dionysius, Dionysius.
- (Greek mythology) The god of wine, specifically its intoxication and social influence, but also the patron of agriculture and the theater. Also related to the mystery of religion, as in "spiritual intoxication".
- A serpentine legendary creature
- (Western) A gigantic beast, typically reptilian with leathery bat-like wings, lion-like claws, scaly skin and a serpent-like tail, often with fiery breath.
c.1900 " w:Edith Nesbit, Edith Nesbit, s:The Last of the Dragons, The Last of the Dragons
- :But as every well-brought-up prince was expected to kill a , and rescue a princess, the dragons grew fewer and fewer till it was often quite hard for a princess to find a dragon to be rescued from.
- (Eastern) A large snake-like lizard with the eyes of a hare, the horns of a stag, and the claws of a tiger
1913 " w:Sax Rohmer, Sax Rohmer, s:The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, The Insidious Dr. Fu Manchu, ch XIII
- :These tapestries were magnificently figured with golden dragons; and as the serpentine bodies gleamed and shimmered in the increasing radiance, each , I thought, intertwined its glittering coils more closely with those of another.
- A large reptile, especially a Komodo dragon.
- The constellation Draco.
1605 " w:William Shakespeare, William Shakespeare, s:The Tragedy of King Lear, King Lear, i 2
- :My father compounded with my mother vnder the Dragons taile, and my nativity was vnder Vrsa Maior.
- (pejorative) An unpleasant woman; a harridan.
- She"s a bit of a .
- (greek mythology) In Greek myth, a female tree spirit.
- A person with short stature, often one whose limbs are disproportionately small in relation to the body as compared with normal adults, usually as the result of a genetic condition.
- An animal, plant or other thing much smaller than the usual of its sort.
- A creature from folklore, usually depicted as having mystical powers and being skilled at crafts such as woodwork and metalworking. Especially often found in Scandinavian folklore. Sometimes pluralized dwarves, especially in modern fantasy literature.
- (star) A star of relatively small size.
- (transitive) To make (to appear) much smaller; to render puny or tiny
The newly-built skyscraper dwarfs the older buildings that make up the rest of downtown.
- Bach dwarfs all other composers.
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