from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Mythology The chief god of the ancient Philistines, represented as half-man and half-fish.
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- proper n. The main god of the Phoenicians represented as half man and half fish.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- The national god of the Philistines, represented with the face and hands and upper part of a man, and the tail of a fish.
- n. A slip or piece.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A slip or piece.
- n. The national god of the Philistines, represented as formed of the upper part of a man and the lower part of a fish.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. god of agriculture and the earth; national god of Philistines
The last time I heard the term Dagon used it was in an H.P. Lovecraft story and you never get out of one of those without almost having the universe eaten.
But behind the membrane, in Dagon, they had water.
I am pleased to note that Dagon is damn near perfect - a wonderful mixture of blood, cluelessness, terror of the unknown, and a spot-on Lovecraftian ending.
Here, the man who was most strong and fierce, who was called Dagon, was clearly the leader.
It is commonly admitted that the name Dagon is a diminutive form, hence a term of endearment, derived from the Semitic root dag, and means, accordingly, "little fish".
So in his name Dagon had imposed new rents on the people, and the active movement on which he had been looking while moving along the shores was the extortion of rents.
In the Hebrew account of the fall of Dagon's image before the Ark of the Covenant at Ashdod there is no mention made of any "fishy part;" nor is there anything in the Assyrian remains to connect the name Dagon, which occurs in them, with the remarkable figure of a fish-god so frequent in the bas-reliefs.
But this verbal resemblance between the name Dagon and one of Bel's titles is probably a mere accident, and affords no ground for assuming any connection between the two gods, who have nothing in common one with the other.
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And the little Dagon is taken such care of, that he promises to be nearly immortal.
And the Dagon is happy, and eats his breakfast merrily; and does not see the furious face of Tib, stopping with her mouth full of toast and butter to stare at Eleanor with amazement, and holding her food all in one cheek, like a baboon; and he does not know that he is to be punished.