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  • For example the only known population of the southern Queensland dry rain forest species Alectryon ramiflorus consists of approximately 40 individuals.

    Eastern Australian temperate forests

  • Recovery plan for the endangered vascular plant Alectryon ramiflorus Reynolds.

    Eastern Australian temperate forests

  • At “Cockerapeak,” or, to speak less unpoetically, when Alectryon sings his hymn to the dawn, the working bees of the little hive must be up and stirring, whilst the master and mistress enjoy the beauty-sleep.

    Two Trips to Gorilla Land and the Cataracts of the Congo

  • Leitus son of noble Alectryon in the hand by the wrist, and disabled him from fighting further.

    The Iliad of Homer

  • Hephaestus, he would always leave Alectryon at the door, so that he might give him warning when the Sun was up.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

  • But one day Alectryon fell asleep, and unwittingly betrayed his trust; the consequence was that the Sun got a peep at the lovers, while Ares was having a comfortable nap, relying on Alectryon to tell him if any one came.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

  • [Footnote: Alectryon is the Greek word for a cock.]; he was a friend of Ares, -- used to join in his revels and junketings, and give him a hand in his love affairs.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

  • When Ares was released, he was so angry with Alectryon that he turned him into a cock, armour and all, as is shown by his crest; and that is what makes you cocks in such a hurry to crow at dawn, to let us know that the Sun is coming up presently; it is your way of apologizing to Ares, though crowing will not mend matters now.

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

  • Whenever Ares went to pay a sly visit to Aphrodite, he used to take Alectryon with him, and as he was particularly afraid that the Sun would see him, and tell

    Works of Lucian of Samosata — Volume 03

  • It used to be the fashion, and is still, for tables of contents in volumes of verse to show titles like these: "Prometheus"; "Iliad VIII, 542-561"; "Alectryon."

    The Influence of Old Norse Literature on English Literature

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  • "In Greek mythology, Alectryon was a youth, charged by Ares to stand guard outside his door while the god indulged in illicit love with Aphrodite. He fell asleep, and Helios, the sun, walked in on the couple. Ares turned Alectryon into a rooster, which never forgets to announce the arrival of the sun in the morning." --Wikipedia

    December 22, 2009