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Headword: Κῆυξ
Adler number: kappa,1557
Translated headword: tern, sea-swallow; Keux, Ceyx
Vetting Status: high
Translation:
A kind of hawk.[1] But it also means a proper name.[2]
Greek Original:
Κῆυξ: εἶδος ἱέρακος. σημαίνει δὲ καὶ ὄνομα κύριον.
Notes:
[1] LSJ considers κῆυξ a variant of κήξ , which it defines as "a sea-bird, perh. the tern or sea-swallow". The particular form is post-classical, used in ps.-Apollodorus 1.52, Dionysius, Ixeuticon 2.18, Babrius 2.115, Philostratus the Elder 2.17.11, ps.-Lucian, Ocypus 113. For ἱέραξ "hawk," see iota 155.
[2] Two characters in Greek mythology bore this name. (A) King of Thessaly and husband of Halcyone; they were transformed into halcyon birds because of their hybris in calling each other Zeus and Hera. (Mentioned in Hesiod, Shield 354, 472, 476; Hecataeus FGrH 1 F30; Callimachus, Aetia fr.75; Diodorus Siculus 4.36.5, 4.57.2; and the myth is detailed in ps.-Apollodorus 1.52.) (B) King of Trachis, who entertained Heracles after his marriage to Deianeira (ps.-Apollodorus 2.150, 153).
Keywords: definition; mythology; zoology
Translated by: Nick Nicholas on 20 November 2008@01:09:09.
Vetted by:
Catharine Roth (cosmetics) on 20 November 2008@01:40:05.
David Whitehead (augmented n.2; tweaks and cosmetics) on 20 November 2008@03:16:23.
Catharine Roth (added cross-reference) on 20 November 2008@11:21:17.
David Whitehead on 22 February 2013@06:43:14.

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