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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A son of Prometheus who with his wife, Pyrrha, built an ark and floated in it to survive the deluge sent by Zeus. The couple became the ancestors of the renewed human race.

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  • "Deucalion" -- from the mythical creator of human life out of stones -- was begun as a companion work: to be published in parts, as the repertory of Oxford lectures on Alpine form, and notes on all kinds of kindred subjects.

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • Meanwhile, Deucalion is working his way through Helios’s creatures, killing and shutting them down one by one in an attempt to get closer to his creator.

    “Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein Book 3: Dead and Alive” by Dean Koontz (Bantam, 2009) « The BookBanter Blog

  • Deucalion, that is to be my husband, will lay you in that awful bed, as

    The Lost Continent

  • Plutarch here alludes to the deluge in the time of Deucalion, which is often mentioned by the Greek and Roman writers.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II

  • But presently the word "Deucalion" began to be bandied about, and there came a moderation in the zeal of these enthusiasts.

    The Lost Continent

  • Up till that time, for half a life-span, I had heard men shout "Deucalion" as a battlecry, and in my day had seen some lusty encounters.

    The Lost Continent

  • "Deucalion," they lisped with mincing voices, bowing themselves ridiculously to the ground so that all their ornaments and silks might jangle and swish.

    The Lost Continent

  • March 17th, 1880 (repeated March 23rd, and printed in "Deucalion").

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • These two studies were continued, more or less, in "Love's Meinie" and in the lecture printed in "Deucalion," as the third group, that of Plant-myths, was carried on in "Proserpina."

    The Life of John Ruskin

  • Finally, the account given in the second and third lectures, of the real nature and marvelousness of the laws of crystallization, is necessary to the understanding of what farther teaching of the beauty of inorganic form I may be able to give, either in "Deucalion," or in my "Elements of Drawing."

    The Ethics of the Dust

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