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Linus1

[lahy-nuh s] /ˈlaɪ nəs/
noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 76? pope 67?–76?.

Linus2

[lahy-nuh s] /ˈlaɪ nəs/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology.
  1. a musician and poet, the inventor of melody and rhythm, of whom various stories are told: often identified, through his untimely death, with the harvesting or withering of crops and vegetation.
  2. Also called Linus song. a dirge: originally sung in western Asia to mourn the death of crops being harvested, later sung to mourn the death of Linus or that of Adonis.
2.
a male given name.
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  • He seems to hold the same position as Linus, son of Apollo, among the Greeks.

    Woman's Work in Music Arthur Elson
  • No; it is something in the style of Linus and she sang it to us.

    Serapis, Complete Georg Ebers
  • Still he wished to reach the house of Linus, even at the cost of his own life.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • At last he saw through the smoky curtain the cypresses in Linus's garden.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • And dost thou not know where Linus is dwelling at this moment?

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • "But thou hast said that Linus has gone to Ostrianum," cried Vinicius impatiently.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • I have returned from before the house of Linus, which is near this dwelling.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • There was once a king and a queen who had a son whose name was Linus.

  • Run, run my precious chariot,And take me to Linus the king's son!

  • The same father is said, in the lofty woods, to have sung 'Linus!

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