from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A strikingly beautiful youth loved by Aphrodite.
- n. A very handsome young man.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A beautiful young man loved by Aphrodite.
- proper n. A male given name
- n. A beautiful man.
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the tribe Ranunculeae — known as pheasant's eye or blood-drops.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.
- n. A preëminently beautiful young man; a dandy.
- n. A genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceæ, containing the pheasant's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A beau; a dandy; an exquisite: as, he is quite an Adonis. In botany, a genus of European plants belonging to the natural order Ranunculaceæ.
- n. [lowercase] A kind of wig formerly worn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. any handsome young man
- n. annual or perennial herbs
- n. (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone
Adonis _Adonis_ apropos _apropo_ bowsprit _bowsprit_ brooch _broch_ not _broosh_ compromise _compromize_ jowl _jol_, not like _owl_ molecular _molecular_ ogle _ogle_ trow _tro_ vocable _vocable_ zoology _zoology_, not _zoo_
Shakespeare's _Venus and Adonis_, in like manner, is so written as to force the reader to feel with Venus the seduction of Adonis.]
The name Adonis is not here used, as Adon is the appropriated title of Jehovah.
For the rest, he expounded some of the standard anti-Stratfordian delusions, e. g., that Venus and Adonis is exceptionally learned and that the Stratford Man made his money as a “grain trader”.
He is, I believe, half Greek so Adonis is not such an odd name. on July 30, 2008 at 9: 39 pm | Reply nightjack
Eric, a Nordic Adonis, is graced by a seemingly endless supply of good fortune.
 „ Adonis ... and Adonai Tammuz : Adonis is familiar, of course, but Adonai?
Adonis is used to illustrate the continuous recycling of organic matter then
If tears are shed for Adoni or Adonai, whom we call Adonis, he is soon resuscitated, and rejoicing takes place.
Andrew Adonis is an intelligent chap. It pains me to hear the nonsense he now has to regurgitate as a Labour Minister.
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