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Autolycus

[aw-tol-i-kuh s]
noun
  1. 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.
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Historical Examples

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

    The Symposium

    Xenophon

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

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

  • 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

Autolycus1

noun
  1. a crater in the NW quadrant of the moon about 38 km in diameter and 3000 m deep
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Autolycus2

noun
  1. 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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