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- noun A goddess who turned Odysseus's men temporarily into swine but later gave him directions for their journey home.
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- noun In ornithology, a genus of humming-birds, the type of which is C. latirostris of Mexico.
- noun In conchology, a genus of siphonate bivalves, of the family Cyprinidæ, containing such species as C. corrugata.
- noun A genus of Trachymedusæ: synonymous with Trachynema (which see).
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- proper noun Greek mythology An
enchantresswho turned Odysseus' men into pigs.
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- noun (Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
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But when I had gone up into the fair bed of Circe, I besought her by her knees, and the goddess heard my speech, and uttering my voice I spake to her winged words: Circe, fulfil for me the promise which thou madest me to send me on my homeward way.
Lander and Boshier devised what they call the "Circe Principle" as an explanation for these unexpected results.
The change of the comrades of Odysseus into swine and that type of animal signifies this, that the souls of undeserving men are changed into the likeness of brute beasts; they fall into the circular periphery of the whole, which he calls Circe; whereas she is justly represented as the child of the Sun, dwelling in the island of Aeaea, for this word [Greek omitted] is so called because men lament and wail by reason of death.
Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny.
Toward the end of the book, Suttree, felled by typhoid fever, (which mirrors an unelaborated histoplasmosis fugue that his troglodytic familiar Harrogate suffered earlier), has a series of "Circe" - style hallucinations.
I cannot therefore deeply regret the days when I called Circe a "wise-wife '.' and every marriage a" high-tide. "
The first is the concluding chapter of a two-parter called Circe's Island.
'The Queen isn't called Circe, so that's all right,' said Arsenios, wishing that he had not agreed to come.
The plain, I wis, is called Circe's; and here in line grow many willows and osiers, on whose topmost branches hang corpses bound with cords.
"Why, didn't my maid tell you that I am called Circe?" she replied.