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[ey-sis] /ˈeɪ sɪs/
noun, Classical Mythology.
the lover of Galatea, killed by Polyphemus out of jealousy. Unabridged
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  • Oh, I guess your meaning at last; you wish to tell me, Acis, that it is cold!

  • The Polyphemus in Acis and Galatea has a fine amplitude of rough buffoonery.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • The Overture to Acis and Galatea, 1720, is also a single movement.

    Handel Romain Rolland
  • The autumn Snowflake, L. autumnale or Acis autumnalis, is an exquisite little bulb with white blossoms, tinged with rose.

    The Book of Bulbs Samuel Arnott
  • As the blood of Acis crept in a stream from under the rock it grew paler and paler until it turned into water.

  • The pretty little plants, formerly known as Acis, are now included with the Leucojums.

    Beautiful Bulbous Plants John Weathers
  • Acis, crushed to death by Polyphemus, was changed into a stream, but from his blood there sprang the flowering rush.

    The Sacred Tree J. H. Philpot
  • It was repeated four times, and then withdrawn to make room for “Acis and Galatea” and the oratorio of “Esther.”

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
  • Then, raging and roaring so that the mountains shook and the sea trembled, he hurled a huge rock at Acis and crushed him.

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
  • In marked contrast with this declaration follows the plaintive tender song of Acis (“Love sounds the Alarm”).

    The Standard Cantatas George P. Upton
British Dictionary definitions for Acis


(Greek myth) a Sicilian shepherd and the lover of the nymph Galatea. In jealousy, Polyphemus crushed him with a huge rock, and his blood was turned by Galatea into a river
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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