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[frik-suh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a child who escaped on the back of a ram with his sister Helle from a plot against them. The fleece of the ram, which he sacrificed, was the Golden Fleece.
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Examples from the Web for phrixus

Historical Examples

  • It had its name from Cytorus, the son of Phrixus, according to Ephorus.

    The Geography of Strabo, Volume II (of 3)


  • Then the servants prepared a meal for the sons of Phrixus and for Jason.

    Stories of the Old world

    Alfred John Church

  • Phrixus had a cousin called Æson, who was king in Iolcos by the sea.

    The Heroes

    Charles Kingsley

  • Now this message was that Phrixus and Helle must be burned as a sacrifice to the gods.

  • I am the son of Phrixus, your cousin; and Chalciope my mother waits for you, to talk about the golden fleece.

British Dictionary definitions for phrixus


  1. Greek myth the son of Athamas and Nephele who escaped the wrath of his father's mistress, Ino, by flying to Colchis on a winged ram with a golden fleeceSee also Helle, Golden Fleece
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