a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.
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British Dictionary definitions for halcyon
peaceful, gentle, and calm
happy and carefree
Greek myth a fabulous bird associated with the winter solstice
a poetic name for the kingfisher
a fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice
a period of peace and happiness
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