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  1. Phyllisnoun

    A girl who killed herself for love, and was turned into an almond tree.

  2. Phyllisnoun

    derived from the mythological character.

  3. Etymology: From Φυλλίς.


  1. Phyllis

    Phyllis is a character in Greek mythology, daughter of a Thracian king. She married Demophon, King of Athens and son of Theseus, while he stopped in Thrace on his journey home from the Trojan War. Demophon, duty bound to Greece, returns home to help his father, leaving Phyllis behind. She sends him away with a coffin with the sacrament of Rhea, asking him to open it only when he has given up hope of returning to her. From here, the story diverges. In one version, Phyllis realizes that he will not return and commits suicide by hanging herself from a tree. Where she is buried, an almond tree grows, which blossoms when Demophon returns to her. In a second version of the story, Demophon opens the caskets and, horrified by what he saw in there, rides off like wild, but his horse stumbles and he accidentally falls on his own sword. There is also some confusion regarding which nut tree she became, as hazelnuts were long called nux Phyllidos, and are still sometimes called "filberts" today. In English, this version goes back at least to Gower, who writes in Confessio Amantis:

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    Beautiful, God Fearing, Loyal & a woman of & for all people

    Blessings to all

    Submitted by anonymous on May 20, 2019  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Phyllis in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Phyllis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of Phyllis in a Sentence

  1. Richard Sorter:

    Phyllis Sorter was taken in front of her house by three guys with machine guns, phyllis Sorter is one of the most God-fearing people in the world and all she wants is for everybody to have a good life and to be happy — and equality.

  2. Phyllis Sortor:

    The general concept here is that Americans have money, so they thought that by kidnapping Phyllis Sortor, they can get money. - Mark Schroeder, Stratfor Analyst.

  3. Bishop David Kendall:

    We are deeply grateful to all who prayed for Phyllis' safe return and praise God the family representative was able to secure her release.

  4. Pamela Brown:

    Because Phyllis George energy was boundless.

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    given to or marked by the consumption of alcohol
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