[ 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 forms

Hip·po·cre·ni·an, adjective
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/ (ˈhɪpəʊˌkriːn, ˌhɪpəʊˈkriːnɪ) /


a spring on Mount Helicon in Greece, said to engender poetic inspiration

Derived Forms

Hippocrenian, adjective

Word Origin for Hippocrene

C17: via Latin from Greek hippos horse + krēnē spring
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