[ mawr-fee-uhs, -fyoos ]

  1. Classical Mythology. a son of Hypnos and the god of dreams.

Idioms about Morpheus

  1. in the arms of Morpheus, asleep.

Origin of Morpheus

1325–75; Middle English <Latin <Greek morph() form + Latin -eus noun suffix; coined by Ovid, with allusion to the forms seen in dreams

Other words from Morpheus

  • Mor·phe·an, adjective

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How to use Morpheus in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for Morpheus


/ (ˈmɔːfɪəs, -fjuːs) /

  1. Greek myth the god of sleep and dreams

Derived forms of Morpheus

  • Morphean, adjective

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Cultural definitions for Morpheus


[ (mawr-fee-uhs) ]

A Roman god of sleep and dreams.

Notes for Morpheus

Someone who is “in the arms of Morpheus” is asleep.

Notes for Morpheus

The narcotic morphine was named after Morpheus.

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