- a musician and poet, the inventor of melody and rhythm, of whom various stories are told: often identified, through his untimely death, with the harvesting or withering of crops and vegetation.
- Also called Linus song.a dirge: originally sung in western Asia to mourn the death of crops being harvested, later sung to mourn the death of Linus or that of Adonis.
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Historical Examples of linus
He seems to hold the same position as Linus, son of Apollo, among the Greeks.Woman's Work in Music
No; it is something in the style of Linus and she sang it to us.Serapis, Complete
Still he wished to reach the house of Linus, even at the cost of his own life.
At last he saw through the smoky curtain the cypresses in Linus's garden.
"But thou hast said that Linus has gone to Ostrianum," cried Vinicius impatiently.