- a robber who stretched or amputated the limbs of travelers to make them conform to the length of his bed. He was killed by Theseus.
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Baxter's Procrustes is one of the publications of the Bodleian Club.
The second publication of local origin was Baxter's Procrustes.
Most important was his slaughter of Procrustes, or the Stretcher.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)
Charles Mills Gayley
That is the guest-bed,” said Procrustes; “and I hope it will fit you.Gods and Heroes
R. E. Francillon
Like the bed of Procrustes, fashions are compelled to suit every one.Dress as a Fine Art
Mary Philadelphia Merrifield
- Greek myth a robber, who put travellers in his bed, stretching or lopping off their limbs so that they fitted it
Word Origin for Procrustes
A mythical Greek giant who was a thief and a murderer. He would capture travelers and tie them to an iron bed. If they were longer than the bed, he would hack off their limbs until they fit it. If they were too short, he would stretch them to the right size.