- a Greek youth, the lover of Hero, who swam the Hellespont every night to visit her until he was drowned in a storm.
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Hero is a "wench o' the Bankside," and Leander swims across the Thames to her.The Man Shakespeare
Leander asked me right up and down if I wouldn't enlist if I was in his position.
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Leander wasn't strong, anyway; besides, wasn't he his father's principal support?
That was a funny thing, too—that about Leander's not bein' there.
- (in Greek legend) a youth of Abydos, who drowned in the Hellespont in a storm on one of his nightly visits to Hero, his belovedSee 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-).
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