[ hip-uh-kreen, hip-uh-kree-nee ]
/ ˈhɪp əˌkrin, ˌhɪp əˈkri ni /


a spring on Mount Helicon sacred to the Muses and regarded as a source of poetic inspiration.

Related formsHip·po·cre·ni·an, adjective

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/ (ˈhɪpəʊˌkriːn, ˌhɪpəʊˈkriːnɪ) /


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


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

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