[ teer-ee-uhs, teer-yoos ]

nounClassical Mythology.
  1. 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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How to use Tereus in a sentence

  • The two wives were changed at their own request to nightingale and swallow, and Tereus became a hoopoe.

  • Philomela was changed, at her own prayer, into a nightingale that she might escape the vengeance of her brother-in-law Tereus.

    Milton's Comus | John Milton
  • The king of birds, transformed from Tereus, King of Thrace, twitters in the following style.

    History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2) | Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
  • Tereus lived in Daulis, part of what is now called Phocis, but which at that time was inhabited by Thracians.

  • Tereus is changed into a crested bird, either a hoopoe or a lapwing.

    Human Animals | Frank Hamel

British Dictionary definitions for Tereus


/ (ˈtɪərɪəs) /

  1. Greek myth a prince of Thrace, who raped Philomela, sister of his wife Procne, and was punished by being turned into a hoopoe

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