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halcyon

[ hal-see-uhn ]
/ 藞h忙l si 蓹n /
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adjective Also hal路cy路o路ni路an [hal-see-oh-nee-uhn], /藢h忙l si藞o蕣 ni 蓹n/, hal路cy路on路ic [hal-see-on-ik]. /藢h忙l si藞蓲n 瑟k/.
calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
happy; blissful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
prosperous; wealthy: halcyon times of peace.
of or relating to the halcyon or kingfisher.
noun
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Origin of halcyon

First recorded in 1350鈥1400; from Latin, from Greek halky峁搉, pseudo-etymological variant of alky峁搉 鈥渒ingfisher鈥; replacing Middle English alceon, alicion, from Latin alcy艒n, from Greek
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British Dictionary definitions for halcyon

halcyon
/ (藞h忙ls瑟蓹n) /

adjective also: halcyonian (藢h忙ls瑟藞蓹蕣n瑟蓹n), halcyonic (藢h忙ls瑟藞蓲n瑟k)
peaceful, gentle, and calm
happy and carefree
noun
Greek myth a fabulous bird associated with the winter solstice
a poetic name for the kingfisher
halcyon days
  1. a fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice
  2. a period of peace and happiness

Word Origin for halcyon

C14: from Latin alcyon, from Greek alku艒n kingfisher, of uncertain origin
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