from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A fountain on Mount Helicon, Greece, sacred to the Muses and regarded as a source of poetic inspiration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fountain on Mount Helicon in Bœotia, fabled to have burst forth when the ground was struck by the hoof of Pegasus. Also, its waters, which were supposed to impart poetic inspiration.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A spring on Mount Helicon in Bœotia, sacred to the muses, the waters of which are poetically held to possess the power of poetic inspiration.
- n. (hip-ō˙-krē′ nē). [NL.] In zoöl.: A genus of gastropod mollusks.
- n. A genus of acalephs.
Latin Hippocrēnē, from Greek Hippokrēnē : hippos, horse (from the myth that Pegasus's hoof created it); see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + krēnē, fountain.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)