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əˈdɒn ɪs, əˈdoʊ nɪsAdo·nis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adonis(noun)

    any handsome young man

  2. Adonis, genus Adonis(noun)

    annual or perennial herbs

  3. Adonis(noun)

    (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone

    "when Adonis died Zeus decreed that he should spend winters in the underworld with Persephone and spend summers with Aphrodite"

Wiktionary

  1. Adonis(Noun)

    A beautiful man.

    Etymology: From Ἄδωνις.

  2. Adonis(ProperNoun)

    A beautiful young man loved by Aphrodite.

    Etymology: From Ἄδωνις.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adonis(noun)

    a youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar

    Etymology: [L., gr. Gr. 'A`dwnis.]

  2. Adonis(noun)

    a preeminently beautiful young man; a dandy

    Etymology: [L., gr. Gr. 'A`dwnis.]

  3. Adonis(noun)

    a genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceae, containing the pheasant's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower

    Etymology: [L., gr. Gr. 'A`dwnis.]

Freebase

  1. Adonis

    Adonis, in Greek mythology, is the god of beauty and desire, and is a central figure in various mystery religions. His religion belonged to women: the dying of Adonis was fully developed in the circle of young girls around the poet Sappho from the island of Lesbos, about 600 BC, as revealed in a fragment of Sappho's surviving poetry. Adonis is one of the most complex figures in classical times. He has had multiple roles, and there has been much scholarship over the centuries concerning his meaning and purpose in Greek religious beliefs. He is an annually-renewed, ever-youthful vegetation god, a life-death-rebirth deity whose nature is tied to the calendar. His name is often applied in modern times to handsome youths, of whom he is the archetype. Adonis is often referred to as the mortal god of Beauty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adonis

    a-dō′nis, n. a beautiful youth, beloved by Aphrodite (Venus): a beau or dandy.—v.t. and v.i. Ad′onise, to make beautiful.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Adonis

    A plant genus of the family RANUNCULACEAE. Members contain cardenolide oligoglycosides such as adoniside, adonisidum and alepposide.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. adonis

    An anguilliform fish, about six inches long: it is of a golden colour, with a greenish tint, and has a white line from its very small gills to the tail.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Adonis

    The name given to a beautiful youth, and also to the anemone, after Adonis, who was beloved by Venus. The flower is said to have sprung from his blood when he was gored to death by a wild boar in the chase.

How to pronounce Adonis?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
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    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adonis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adonis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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