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noun, plural A·pol·los for 2, 3.
  1. the ancient Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty; the son of Leto and brother of Artemis.
  2. a very handsome young man.
  3. Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the moon and back.
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  • Apollo, smiling, watched him and saw his thousand blessings.

  • Apollo was there, but broken and buried in earth with the other people of the pediments.

  • It was twined of Olympic olive leaves and Apollo's own laurel.

  • And when he came upon Apollo striking his lyre, his heart leaped into his mouth.

  • The play is founded on the old classical story of Apollo and Daphne.

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British Dictionary definitions for apollo


noun plural -los
  1. a strikingly handsome youth
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noun plural -los
  1. a handsome Eurasian mountain butterfly, Parnassius apollo, with palish wings and prominent red ocelli
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  1. classical myth the god of light, poetry, music, healing, and prophecy: son of Zeus and Leto
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  1. any of a series of manned US spacecraft designed to explore the moon and surrounding space. Apollo 11 made the first moon landing in July 1969
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Word Origin and History for apollo


Olympian deity, god of music, poetry, medicine, etc., later identified with Helios, the sun god; the name is a Latin form of Greek Apollon, said to be perhaps related to an obsolete Greek verb meaning "to drive away" (evil, etc.) [Klein, citing Usener].

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apollo in Culture


The Greek and Roman god of poetry, prophecy, medicine, and light. Apollo represents all aspects of civilization and order. He was worshiped at the Delphic oracle, where a priestess gave forth his predictions. Zeus was his father, and Artemis was his sister. He is sometimes identified with Hyperion, the Titan he succeeded.

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As a representative of controlled and ordered nature, Apollo is often contrasted with Dionysus, the god who represents wild, creative energies.


The sun was sometimes described as Apollo's chariot, riding across the sky.
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