Leander

[ lee-an-der ]
/ liˈæn dər /
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noun Classical Mythology.

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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Leander

/ (lɪˈændə) /

noun

(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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