Ac·​tae·​on ak-ˈtē-ən How to pronounce Actaeon (audio)
: a hunter turned into a stag and killed by his own hounds for having seen Artemis bathing

Examples of Actaeon in a Sentence

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Aktaiōn

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Actaeon was in the 14th century

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“Actaeon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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