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Leander

[lee-an-der]
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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a Greek youth, the lover of Hero, who swam the Hellespont every night to visit her until he was drowned in a storm.
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  • Hero is a "wench o' the Bankside," and Leander swims across the Thames to her.

  • Leander asked me right up and down if I wouldn't enlist if I was in his position.

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  • I presume likely you've heard the news from Leander Babbitt, Jed?

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  • Leander wasn't strong, anyway; besides, wasn't he his father's principal support?

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  • If his son, Leander, shared his father's opinions, he did not express them.

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British Dictionary definitions for leander

Leander

noun
  1. (in Greek legend) a youth of Abydos, who drowned in the Hellespont in a storm on one of his nightly visits to Hero, his belovedSee also Hero
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Word Origin and History for leander

Leander

youth of Abydos, lover of Hero, who swam nightly across the Hellespont to visit her, from Greek Leiandros, literally "lion-man," from leon "lion" + aner (genitive andros) "man" (see anthropo-).

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