Morpheus

[ mawr-fee-uh s, -fyoos ]
/ ˈmɔr fi əs, -fyus /
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noun

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

Idioms

    in the arms of Morpheus, asleep.

Origin of Morpheus

1325–75; Middle English < Latin < Greek morph(ḗ) form + Latin -eus noun suffix; coined by Ovid, with allusion to the forms seen in dreams
Related formsMor·phe·an, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for morpheus

Morpheus

/ (ˈmɔːfɪəs, -fjuːs) /

noun

Greek myth the god of sleep and dreams

Derived FormsMorphean, adjective
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Culture definitions for morpheus

Morpheus

[ (mawr-fee-uhs) ]

A Roman god of sleep and dreams.


Note

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

Note

The narcotic morphine was named after Morpheus.
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