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[mawr-fee-uh s, -fyoos] /ˈmɔr fi əs, -fyus/
Classical Mythology. a son of Hypnos and the god of dreams.
in the arms of Morpheus, asleep.
Origin of Morpheus
1325-75; Middle English < Latin < Greek morph(ḗ) form + Latin -eus noun suffix; coined by Ovid, with allusion to the forms seen in dreams
Related forms
Morphean, adjective Unabridged
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  • But on this morning there is no slothful skulking in the arms of Morpheus.

  • Forrester needed no introductions to Morpheus, the God of Sleep.

    Pagan Passions Gordon Randall Garrett
  • He was soon in the arms of Morpheus, and arose in the morning as gay as a lark.

  • He tried every position, every trick for propitiating Morpheus.

    The Panchronicon Harold Steele Mackaye
  • Here Morpheus finally conquered, and he sank into dreamless repose.

    Blown to Bits R.M. Ballantyne
  • You deeded him to Morpheus; and the recording angel gave you credit.

  • He rode to me in the middle of the night and woke me up in the arms of Morpheus.

    The Bridge-Builders Rudyard Kipling
  • Shall I talk to you, Scheherazade, or let you snuggle into the chaste arms of Morpheus?

    The Dark Star Robert W. Chambers
  • I expect that you travellers would like now to seek the arms of Morpheus?

    Fathers and Sons Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev
British Dictionary definitions for Morpheus


/ˈmɔːfɪəs; -fjuːs/
(Greek myth) the god of sleep and dreams
Derived Forms
Morphean, adjective
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Word Origin and History for Morpheus

name for the god of dreams in Ovid, son of Sleep, literally "the maker of shapes," from Greek morphe "form, shape, figure," especially "a fine figure, a beautiful form; beauty, fashion, outward appearance," perhaps from PIE *merph-, a possible Greek root meaning "form." Related: Morphean. Cf. Morpho, an epithet of Aphrodite, literally "shapely."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Morpheus in Culture
Morpheus [(mawr-fee-uhs)]

A Roman god of sleep and dreams.

Note: Someone who is “in the arms of Morpheus” is asleep.
Note: The narcotic morphine was named after Morpheus.
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