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[lee-an-der] /liˈæn dər/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a Greek youth, the lover of Hero, who swam the Hellespont every night to visit her until he was drowned in a storm. Unabridged
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  • Hero is a "wench o' the Bankside," and Leander swims across the Thames to her.

    The Man Shakespeare Frank Harris
  • Leander asked me right up and down if I wouldn't enlist if I was in his position.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • I presume likely you've heard the news from Leander Babbitt, Jed?

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • If his son, Leander, shared his father's opinions, he did not express them.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Leander wasn't strong, anyway; besides, wasn't he his father's principal support?

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • That was a funny thing, too—that about Leander's not bein' there.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • But, what I'm gettin' at is this: Babbitt'll come to me orderin' me to get Leander exempted.

    Shavings Joseph C. Lincoln
  • A few days after Congress adjourned occurred the Leander episode.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson
  • He took me to see a grand rowing match, where we were in the Leander barge.

    Memoirs Charles Godfrey Leland
British Dictionary definitions for Leander


(in Greek legend) a youth of Abydos, who drowned in the Hellespont in a storm on one of his nightly visits to Hero, his beloved See also Hero
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Word Origin and History for Leander

youth of Abydos, lover of Hero, who swam nightly across the Hellespont to visit her, from Greek Leiandros, literally "lion-man," from leon "lion" + aner (genitive andros) "man" (see anthropo-).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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