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Cadmus1

[kad-muh s]
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noun
  1. Paul,1904–1999, U.S. painter and etcher.

Cadmus2

[kad-muh s]
noun
  1. Classical Mythology. a Phoenician prince who introduced writing to the Greeks and who founded the city of Thebes in the company of five warriors.
Compare Sparti.
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Examples from the Web for cadmus

Historical Examples

  • Telephassa and Cadmus were now pursuing their weary way, with no companion but each other.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But how, Cebes, and by what arguments, shall we appease this Cadmus?

  • Then Ino, the daughter of Cadmus, saw him and took pity on him.

  • Cadmus, as the oldest son, was to be the director of the expedition.

  • Cadmus and his brothers were much affected at their mother's death.


British Dictionary definitions for cadmus

Cadmus

noun
  1. Greek myth a Phoenician prince who killed a dragon and planted its teeth, from which sprang a multitude of warriors who fought among themselves until only five remained, who joined Cadmus to found Thebes
Derived FormsCadmean, adjective
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