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  1. Colossus of, (in ancient Egypt) a colossal statue near Thebes said to produce a musical sound when the rays of the early morning sun struck it.Compare Vocal Memnon.
  2. Classical Mythology. an Ethiopian king slain by Achilles in the Trojan War.
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Related formsMem·no·ni·an [mem-noh-nee-uh n] /mɛmˈnoʊ ni ən/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for memnon

Historical Examples

  • Another of her sons was Memnon, King of Æthiopia, who was slain by Achilles.

    Harper's Young People, August 10, 1880


  • But perhaps you would like to know what, in the name of Memnon, a cucuius is?

  • Memnon was a famous king of Egypt who was killed in the Trojan war.

  • Yet that Memnon was flattered by the notice of that statuette; he says so—says so himself.

    The American Claimant

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • It was just the same a year and a half ago with Memnon's palace.

British Dictionary definitions for memnon


  1. Greek myth a king of Ethiopia, son of Eos: slain by Achilles in the Trojan War
  2. a colossal statue of Amenhotep III at Thebes in ancient Egypt, which emitted a sound thought by the Greeks to be the voice of Memnon
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Derived FormsMemnonian (mɛmˈnəʊnɪən), adjective
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