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.
Related formsMem·no·ni·an [mem-noh-nee-uh n] /mɛmˈnoʊ ni ən/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  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
Derived FormsMemnonian (mɛmˈnəʊnɪən), adjective
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