halcyon


1hal·cy·on

noun \ˈhal-sē-ən\

Definition of HALCYON

1
:  a bird identified with the kingfisher and held in ancient legend to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation
2

Origin of HALCYON

Middle English alceon, from Latin halcyon, from Greek alkyōn, halkyōn
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix

2halcyon

adjective

: very happy and successful

Full Definition of HALCYON

1
:  of or relating to the halcyon or its nesting period
2
a :  calm, peaceful
b :  happy, golden
c :  prosperous, affluent

Examples of HALCYON

  1. <a halcyon era following the American Civil War>
  2. <during those early halcyon years the company's potential for growth seemed unlimited>

First Known Use of HALCYON

1601

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, nimbus, phoenix

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