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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Definitions for halcyon

  1. A kingfisher.
  2. A mythical bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was fabled to nest at sea about the time of the winter solstice and to calm the waves during incubation.
  3. Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy; as, "deep, halcyon repose."

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Citations for halcyon
It seems to be that my boyhood days in the Edwardian era were halcyon days. Mel Gussow, New York Times
It is a common lament that children today grow up too fast, that society is conspiring to deprive them of the halcyon childhood they deserve. Keith Bradsher, New York Times
Origin of halcyon
Halcyon derives from Latin (h)alcyon, from Greek halkuon, a mythical bird, kingfisher. This bird was fabled by the Greeks to nest at sea, about the time of the winter solstice, and, during incubation, to calm the waves.
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