La·​oc·​o·​ön lā-ˈä-kə-ˌwän How to pronounce Laocoön (audio)
: a Trojan priest killed with his sons by two sea serpents after warning the Trojans against the wooden horse

Word History


Latin, from Greek Laokoōn

First Known Use

1582, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Laocoön was in 1582

Dictionary Entries Near Laocoön

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“Laocoön.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

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