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[kad-muh s]
  1. Paul,1904–1999, U.S. painter and etcher.
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[kad-muh s]
  1. Classical Mythology. a Phoenician prince who introduced writing to the Greeks and who founded the city of Thebes in the company of five warriors.
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Historical Examples

  • Telephassa and Cadmus were now pursuing their weary way, with no companion but each other.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But how, Cebes, and by what arguments, shall we appease this Cadmus?

  • Then Ino, the daughter of Cadmus, saw him and took pity on him.

  • These five then joined themselves to Cadmus, and helped him to build his city.

  • Cadmus knew immediately that this was the spot where his city was to stand.

British Dictionary definitions for cadmus


  1. Greek myth a Phoenician prince who killed a dragon and planted its teeth, from which sprang a multitude of warriors who fought among themselves until only five remained, who joined Cadmus to found Thebes
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Derived FormsCadmean, adjective
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