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

  • An ancient city of southeast Greece on the western coast of Euboea. It was a prosperous trading center after the eighth century B.C., establishing outposts in Italy, Syria, Sicily, and mainland Greece.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Chalcididae — type genus of chalcid wasps.
  • proper n. A city in Euboea, Greece.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the type genus of the Chalcididae.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In entomology, the typical genus of the great parasitic family Chalcididæ, of the order Hymenoptera.
  • n. A genus of lizards, originally identical with Chalcides, but by some modern herpetologists limited to such teioid lizards as are by others referred to the genus Cophias.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the Chalcididae


From Ancient Greek Χαλκίς (Khalkis) (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek Χαλκίς (Khalkis) (Wiktionary)


  • The Gods call Chalcis, and men Cymindis: to be taught how much more correct the name Chalcis is than the name Cymindis - do you deem that a light matter?


  • 'The Gods call Chalcis, and men Cymindis:' to be taught how much more correct the name Chalcis is than the name


  • "Melampodia" called Chalcis in Euboea 'the land of fair women'.

    Hesiod, the Homeric Hymns, and Homerica

  • He hid himself behind the branches and sat there in the semblance of the sweet-singing bird that haunts the mountains and is called Chalcis by the gods, but men call it

    The Iliad of Homer

  • There was another Combe, the daughter of Asopus, who discovered the use of brazen arms, and was called Chalcis, from that circumstance.

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid Vol. I, Books I-VII

  • There he sat, thickly covered with the fir branches, like unto a shrill bird, which, living in the mountains, the gods call Chalcis, and men Cymindis.

    The Iliad of Homer (1873)

  • Sing with me, maidens, sing the praises of Artemis, whose temple faces Chalcis, where angry spearmen madly chafe, here in the narrow havens of Aulis, because of me.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • To the sandy beach of sea-coast Aulis I came after a voyage through the tides of Euripus, leaving Chalcis on its narrow firth, my city which feedeth the waters of far-famed Arethusa near the sea, that

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Halt we here, maidens of Chalcis, and lift the queen from her chariot to the ground without stumbling, supporting her gently in our arms, with kind intent, that the renowned daughter of Agamemnon but just arrived may feel no fear; strangers ourselves, avoid we aught that may disturb or frighten the strangers from Argos.

    Iphigenia at Aulis

  • Chalcidissare (Khalkidizein), from Chalcis in Eubœa, a city famed for love à posteriori; mostly applied to le léchement des testicules by children.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night


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