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Adonis

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noun Ado·nis \ə-ˈdä-nəs, -ˈdō-\

Definition of Adonis

  1. 1 :  a youth loved by Aphrodite who is killed at hunting by a wild boar and restored to Aphrodite from Hades for a part of each year

  2. 2 :  a very handsome young man



Origin of adonis

Latin, from Greek Adōnis


First Known Use: 1565


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