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[hip-uh-kreen, hip-uh-kree-nee]
  1. a spring on Mount Helicon sacred to the Muses and regarded as a source of poetic inspiration.
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Related formsHip·po·cre·ni·an, adjective
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Historical Examples of hippocrene

  • Hippocrene, the spring of the Muses, said to have been created by the hoof-beat of Pegasus.

    The Last Poems of Ovid


  • That is to drink of the fountain of Hippocrene, to write verse.

  • Mountains of cheese, rivers of fat broth, are their Helicon and Hippocrene.

  • I never saw him again, and a few years after he was drowned, not in the fountain of Hippocrene, but in the Guadalquivir.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete

    Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • Such is the effect of too copious draughts from that Hippocrene which alternately discharges cock-tail and mint-julep.

British Dictionary definitions for hippocrene


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