[teer-ee-uh s, teer-yoos]
- a Thracian prince, the husband of Procne, who raped his sister-in-law Philomela and was changed into a hoopoe as a punishment.
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Examples from the Web for tereus
Tereus is changed into a crested bird, either a hoopoe or a lapwing.Human Animals
The tragical distractions of Tereus and Thyestes are nonsense to us.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2)
Tell me what Tereus, or what Jason excites you to pierce your body with an anxious hand?
Why, Philomela, are you complaining of the cruelty of Tereus, the Ismarian tyrant?
Another instance is the 'shuttle's voice' in the Tereus of Sophocles.The Poetics
- Greek myth a prince of Thrace, who raped Philomela, sister of his wife Procne, and was punished by being turned into a hoopoe