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hamadryad Tweet Definition of hamadryad Like Definition of hamadryad on Facebook
  1. (greek mythology) A wood-nymph who was physically a part of her tree; fell the tree, kill the nymph.
  2. The king cobra.
  3. A kind of baboon, Papio hamadryas, venerated by the ancient Egyptians.
harpy Tweet Definition of harpy Like Definition of harpy on Facebook
noun (harpies)
  1. A fabulous winged monster, ravenous and filthy, having the face of a woman and the body of a vulture.
  2. A shrewish woman
Hebe Tweet Definition of Hebe Like Definition of Hebe on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The goddess of youth, daughter of Zeus and Hera.
Hecate Tweet Definition of Hecate Like Definition of Hecate on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (context, Greek mythology) The goddess of the night and crossroads, usually associated with witchcraft and sorcery, as well as ghosts and childbirth. Said to reside in Hades.
Hector Tweet Definition of Hector Like Definition of Hector on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A Trojan hero in Iliad.
  2. (given name, male)
Helen Tweet Definition of Helen Like Definition of Helen on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Helen of Troy, a famous beauty in classical Greek legend.
  2. (given name, female).
Helios Tweet Definition of Helios Like Definition of Helios on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The god of the sun; son of Hyperion and Thia, father of Phaí«thon amongst others.
hell Tweet Definition of hell Like Definition of hell on Facebook
  1. (countable) A place or situation of great suffering in life.
My new boss is making my job a .
    • 1879, General William T. Sherman, commencement address at the Michigan Military Academy
    • : There is many a boy here today who looks on war as all glory, but, boys, it is all .
      1. (countable) A place for gambling.
    • 1907, w:Joseph Conrad, Joseph Conrad, The Secret Agent
      ... the air of moral nihilism common to keepers of gambling hells and disorderly houses; ...
proper noun
  1. In various religions, the place where some or all spirits are believed to go after death.
  2. (Christianity, uncountable) The place where devils live and where sinners are punished after death.
May you rot in !
    • 1667, John Milton, Paradise Lost
    • : Better to reign in Hell than serve in Heaven.
    • 1916, James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
    • : Hell is a strait and dark and foul-smelling prison, an abode of demons and lost souls, filled with fire and smoke.
Hephaestus Tweet Definition of Hephaestus Like Definition of Hephaestus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The god of volcanoes and fire, especially the forge, also the patron of all craftsmen, principally blacksmiths.
Hera Tweet Definition of Hera Like Definition of Hera on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth): The queen of the gods, and goddess of marriage and birth; daughter of Cronus and Rhea, sister and wife of Zeus,<ref>Oxford Dictionary of World Mythology, Arthur Cotterell, Oxford University Press, 1986</ref> mother of Hephaestus, Ares, and Hebe.
Heracles Tweet Definition of Heracles Like Definition of Heracles on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth): Son of Zeus and Alcmene, a celebrated hero who possessed exceptional strength. Most famous for his 12 labors performed to redeem himself after killing his family.
Herculean Tweet Definition of Herculean Like Definition of Herculean on Facebook
  1. very strong, similar to the mythical Hercules in size
  1. 1748, Tobias George Smollett, The Adventures of Roderick Random
  2. :He replied in a dry manner, that I would find it a task to chastise everybody who should laugh at my expense;
  3. 2006: Jeremy Clarkson, Top Gear, commenting on the Bugatti Veyron
  4. : The guys at Volkswagen has a Herculean task.
Hercules Tweet Definition of Hercules Like Definition of Hercules on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) Son of Jupiter and Alcmene, a celebrated hero who possessed exceptional strength. Most famous for his 12 labors performed to redeem himself after killing his family.
  2. (constellation) A summer constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the mythical hero. It lies between the constellations Lyra and Corona Borealis.
  3. (astronomy) A crater in the first quadrant on the moon.
here Tweet Definition of here Like Definition of here on Facebook
  1. (context, abstract) This place; this location.
Come over .
  1. (context, abstract) This time, situation.
Here in history, we are less diligent about quashing monopolies.
  1. In, on, or at this place.
  2. To this place.
Hermes Tweet Definition of Hermes Like Definition of Hermes on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) the herald and messenger of the gods, and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.
hermetic Tweet Definition of hermetic Like Definition of hermetic on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to Hermes Trismegistus.
  2. Of or pertaining to alchemy or occult practices.
  3. Obscure; secret or unrevealed.
  4. Isolated, away from outside influence.
  5. airtight, Airtight or gas-tight; impervious to air or gases.
hero Tweet Definition of hero Like Definition of hero on Facebook
  1. A real or mythical person of great bravery who carries out extraordinary deeds.
  2. A role model.
  3. The main protagonist in a work of fiction.
  4. A champion.
  5. A large sandwich made from meats and cheeses.
Hesperian Tweet Definition of Hesperian Like Definition of Hesperian on Facebook
  1. an inhabitant of the western lands
  2. a butterfly of the family Hesperidae; a Skipper
  3. the Hesperian geological time period of Mars
  1. of or relating to the land where the sun sets; western
  2. of or related to the w:Hesperides, Hesperides nymphs
  3. of or related to the Hesperidae family of butterflies
  4. of or relating to the Martian geological period between Noachian and Amazonian
Hestia Tweet Definition of Hestia Like Definition of Hestia on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) virgin goddess of the hearth fire, and therefore domestic life; sister to Zeus, oldest daughter of Rhea and Cronos.
hippocampus Tweet Definition of hippocampus Like Definition of hippocampus on Facebook
noun (hippocampi)
  1. (anatomy) A part of the brain located inside the temporal lobe which consists mainly of grey matter. It is a component of the limbic system and plays a role in memory and emotion. So named because of its resemblance to the seahorse.
hippogriff Tweet Definition of hippogriff Like Definition of hippogriff on Facebook
  1. a mythical beast, half griffin and half horse, supposedly the offspring of a griffin and a filly.
hobgoblin Tweet Definition of hobgoblin Like Definition of hobgoblin on Facebook
  1. A small, ugly goblin that makes trouble for humans
  2. (context, by extension) A source of dread, fear or apprehension; a bugbear
hour Tweet Definition of hour Like Definition of hour on Facebook
  1. A time period of sixty minutes; one twenty-fourth of a day.
I spent an at lunch.
  1. (poetic) The time.
The grows late and I must go home.
Hyades Tweet Definition of Hyades Like Definition of Hyades on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (astronomy) An open cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, and the nearest visible such cluster to Earth.
  2. (greekmyth) Daughters of the Titan Atlas and sisters of the Pleiades.
Hydra Tweet Definition of Hydra Like Definition of Hydra on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) A mythological serpent with seven heads, slain by Hercules as one of his twelve labours. Also called the Lernaean Hydra.
  2. (constellation) A spring constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble a serpent. It lies just south of the zodiac and contains the star Alphard.
  3. (astronomy) The name of one of Pluto's moons. (Named 21 June 2006).
Hymen Tweet Definition of Hymen Like Definition of Hymen on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The god of marriage.
hyperborean Tweet Definition of hyperborean Like Definition of hyperborean on Facebook
  1. one of a race of people in Greek mythology living in the extreme north, beyond the north wind
  2. (context, usually, jocular) any person living in a northern country, or to the north
  1. pertaining to the extreme north of the earth, or (usually jocular) to a specific northern country or area
  • 1922: "You could have knelt down, damn it, Kinch, when your dying mother asked you, Buck Mulligan said. I"m as much as you. But to think of your mother begging you with her last breath to kneel down and pray for her. And you refused. " James Joyce, Ulysses
Hyperion Tweet Definition of Hyperion Like Definition of Hyperion on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) A Titan, the son of Gaia and Uranus and the father of Helios, Selene and Eos.

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