[aw-tol-i-kuh s]


Classical Mythology. a thief, the son of Hermes and Chione, and the grandfather of Odysseus. He possessed the power of changing the shape of whatever he stole and of making it and himself invisible. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of autolycus

  • And so this supper party, assembled in honour of Autolycus, broke up.

  • Autolycus was seated next his father, as was natural, while the rest reclined on couches.

  • At that, Autolycus, whose hour for walking exercise had now come, arose.

  • That of the visit of Ulysses to the court of Autolycus, in Od.

  • Then came the ghost of my dead mother Anticlea, daughter to Autolycus.

British Dictionary definitions for autolycus




a crater in the NW quadrant of the moon about 38 km in diameter and 3000 m deep




Greek myth a thief who stole cattle from his neighbour Sisyphus and prevented him from recognizing them by making them invisible
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