Hippocrene

[hip-uh-kreen, hip-uh-kree-nee]
Related formsHip·po·cre·ni·an, adjective
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Hippocrene

noun
  1. a spring on Mount Helicon in Greece, said to engender poetic inspiration
Derived FormsHippocrenian, adjective

Word Origin for Hippocrene

C17: via Latin from Greek hippos horse + krēnē spring
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Word Origin and History for hippocrene

Hippocrene

fount on Mount Helicon, sacred to the Muses, from Greek Hippokrene, literally "horse's fountain," from hippos "horse" + krene "fountain."

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