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Word of the Day 01/21/15 Halcyon

Halcyon (adjective, noun)
halcyon [hal-see-uh n]


adjective, Also, halcyonian [hal-see-oh-nee-uh n], halcyonic [hal-see-on-ik]
1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
2. rich; wealthy; prosperous: halcyon times of peace.
3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
4. of or relating to the halcyon or kingfisher.

noun
5. a mythical bird, usually identified with the kingfisher, said to breed about the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea, and to have the power of charming winds and waves into calmness.
6. any of various kingfishers, especially of the genus Halcyon.
7. (initial capital letter) Classical Mythology, Alcyone (def 2).

Synonyms
1. serene, placid, pacific, untroubled.

Origin: 1350-1400; < Latin < Greek halkyṓn, pseudo-etymological variant of alkyṓn kingfisher; replacing Middle English alceon, alicion < Latin alcyōn < Greek

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