Actaeon

[ak-tee-uh n]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a hunter who, for having seen Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag and was torn to pieces by his own hounds.
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Actaeon

noun
  1. Greek myth a hunter of Boeotia who, having accidentally seen Artemis bathing, was turned into a stag and torn apart by his own hounds
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Actaeon

in Greek mythology, the name of the hunter who discovered Artemis bathing and was changed by her to a stag and torn to death by his hounds. The name is of unknown origin. Sometimes used figuratively in 17c. for "a cuckold" (because of his "horns").

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