noun \lā-ˈä-kə-ˌwän\

Definition of LAOCOÖN

:  a Trojan priest killed with his sons by two sea serpents after warning the Trojans against the wooden horse

Origin of LAOCOÖN

Latin, from Greek Laokoōn
First Known Use: 1582


   (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek legend, a seer and priest of Apollo. He was the son of Agenor of Troy or the brother of Aeneas's father Anchises. Laocoön offended Apollo by breaking his priestly vow of celibacy and begetting children, and by warning the Trojans not to accept the wooden horse presented by the Greeks. While preparing to offer a sacrifice to Poseidon, he and his two sons were crushed to death by sea serpents sent by Apollo.


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