Origin of Adonis
Examples from the Web for adonises
A long line of more or less successful Adonises have followed in his footsteps.In Vanity Fair|Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
They are not Apollos, and Venuses, nor Adonises, that knock at painters' doors.
Adonises are very neat in habit, and the foliage is fine and interesting.The Practical Garden-Book|C. E. Hunn
Peasants imagine themselves princes; Calibans believe themselves to be Adonises; beggars imagine themselves millionaires.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)|Harry Furniss
At least some of the delphiniums, papavers and adonises germinate very imperfectly, if at all, in direct light.The Nursery Book|Liberty Hyde Bailey
British Dictionary definitions for adonises
Word Origin for Adonis
Word Origin and History for adonises
"a beau," 1620s, from Greek Adonis, name of the youth beloved by Aphrodite, from Phoenician adon "lord," probably originally "ruler," from base a-d-n "to judge, rule." Adonai is the Hebrew cognate.