Definition of Adonis
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 : a very handsome young man
Origin of adonis
Latin, from Greek Adōnis
First Known Use: 1565
Medical Definition of adonis
1 capitalized : a small genus of herbs of the buttercup family (Ranunculaceae) having alternate finely dissected leaves and solitary red or yellow flowers
2: the herbage of a plant of the genus Adonis (A. vernalis) formerly used like digitalis to treat dropsy
Biographical Note for adonis
Adonis,, Greek mythological character. Adonis was a beautiful youth much loved by the goddess Aphrodite. While hunting he was attacked and killed by a wild boar. The grieving Aphrodite caused a red-flowered plant to spring forth from his shed blood. Linnaeus named the genus Adonis after the mythological character.
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