noun \ˈē-ə-ləs\

Definition of AEOLUS

:  the Greek god of the winds

Origin of AEOLUS

Latin, from Greek Aiolos
First Known Use: 14th century


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Greek god of the winds. In the Odyssey Homer represents Aeolus as the mortal ruler of the floating island of Aeolia. He gives Odysseus a favourable wind for his voyage and a bag in which the unfavourable winds are confined, but Odysseus's careless companions open the bag, releasing the winds and driving their ship back to shore. Later writers depicted Aeolus as a minor god rather than a human being. The Aeolian harp is named for him.


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