Definitions

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

  • n. Greek Mythology A nymph who fell in love with Hermaphroditus and became united with him in one body.

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  • n. nymph who merged with Hermaphroditus to form one body

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Examples

  • I started off by reading over "Metamorphosis C," which has been retitled "The Boon of Salmacis."

    "Seven thousand years to sleep away the pain."

  • Oh, you'll also note that, at the last minute, as I was laying out the issue, I changed the title of the new story from "The Boon of Salmacis" to "I Am the Abyss and I Am the Light," after a favorite painting by Charles Sims.

    No Sleep Demons

  • I've already incorporated a great deal of Ovid's Metamorphoses — — the story of Salmacis and Hermaphroditus from the fourth book.

    "To be an actor, you have to be a child."

  • Salmacis would not be seen of Hermaphroditus, till she had spruced up herself first,

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Already bearing the stitched together names of his famously libidinal parents Hermes and Aphrodite, "Hermaphroditus," at fifteen years old, has no interest in awakening to sexual desire: the plot turns on his refusal of the nymph Salmacis, whose pool

    Shelley's Pod People

  • And yet — like Ovid's Hermaphroditus, whose flaunted unavailability incites the nymph Salmacis, and like the beautiful slumbering figure Shelley admired in the Villa Borghese, [6] the Witch's Image is lovely, "surpassing" the beauty of

    Shelley's Pod People

  • Her one decisive action over the course of the entire novel is to try to kill herself--which she botches 'I'm going to go to Salmacis to lay myself down and die'--who thinks like this?

    Misfortune by Wesley Stace

  • The novel quickly glosses over anything exciting that might have happened to Rose during her travels, and rejoins her several months later, on her way to a melodramatic and particularly ill-planned rendezvous with death--she plans to kill herself at the spring of Salmacis, where the mythical story of Hermaphroditus was supposed to have taken place there are a few clunky references to this myth, and several others, over the course of the novel.

    Misfortune by Wesley Stace

  • No sooner kissed than broken, memories of Salmacis.

    Collected Poems

  • This pool was sacred to Salmacis, the water nymph.

    Middlesex

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