- a spring on Mount Helicon sacred to the Muses and regarded as a source of poetic inspiration.
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Examples from the Web for hippocrene
Hippocrene, the spring of the Muses, said to have been created by the hoof-beat of Pegasus.
That is to drink of the fountain of Hippocrene, to write verse.The English Novel in the Time of Shakespeare
J. J. Jusserand
Mountains of cheese, rivers of fat broth, are their Helicon and Hippocrene.Renaissance in Italy: Italian Literature
John Addington Symonds
I never saw him again, and a few years after he was drowned, not in the fountain of Hippocrene, but in the Guadalquivir.The Memoires of Casanova, Complete
Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
Such is the effect of too copious draughts from that Hippocrene which alternately discharges cock-tail and mint-julep.
- a spring on Mount Helicon in Greece, said to engender poetic inspiration
C17: via Latin from Greek hippos horse + krēnē spring
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Word Origin and History for hippocrene
fount on Mount Helicon, sacred to the Muses, from Greek Hippokrene, literally "horse's fountain," from hippos "horse" + krene "fountain."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper