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[teer-ee-uh s, teer-yoos]
noun Classical 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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Examples from the Web for tereus

Historical Examples

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

    Human Animals

    Frank Hamel

  • The tragical distractions of Tereus and Thyestes are nonsense to us.

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tereus


  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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