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Somnus

[som-nuh s]
noun
  1. the ancient Roman god of sleep, a son of Night and brother of Death.
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Historical Examples

  • In a valley among the black Cimmerian mountains the death-god Somnus had his abode.

    A Book of Myths

    Jean Lang

  • To bed we go, and Somnus touches our eyes with his wand of poppies.

  • The Greek god of sleep and dreams, the son and minister of Somnus.

  • Ivory Gate.Gate leading from cave of Somnus to outer world, 210, 211.

  • Horn Gate.Gate leading from cave of Somnus to outer world, 210, 211.


British Dictionary definitions for somnus

Somnus

noun
  1. the Roman god of sleepGreek counterpart: Hypnos
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Word Origin and History for somnus

Somnus

n.

"sleep personified; the god of sleep in Roman mythology," equivalent of Greek Hypnos, son of Night and brother of Death, 1590s, from Latin somnus "sleep, drowsiness," from PIE *swep-no-, from root *swep- (1) "to sleep" (cf. Sanskrit svapnah, Avestan kvafna-, Greek hypnos, Lithuanian sapnas, Old Church Slavonic sunu, Old Irish suan, Welsh hun "sleep," Latin sopor "a deep sleep," Old English swefn, Old Norse svefn "a dream").

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