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

  • n. Greek Mythology A fountain on Mount Helicon, Greece, sacred to the Muses and regarded as a source of poetic inspiration.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A fountain on Mount Helicon in Bœotia, fabled to have burst forth when the ground was struck by the hoof of Pegasus. Also, its waters, which were supposed to impart poetic inspiration.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A spring on Mount Helicon in Bœotia, sacred to the muses, the waters of which are poetically held to possess the power of poetic inspiration.
  • n. (hip-ō˙-krē′ nē). [NL.] In zoöl.: A genus of gastropod mollusks.
  • n. A genus of acalephs.


Latin Hippocrēnē, from Greek Hippokrēnē : hippos, horse (from the myth that Pegasus's hoof created it); see ekwo- in Indo-European roots + krēnē, fountain.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • As soon as they had eaten their morning meal and drunk some sparkling water from a spring called Hippocrene, Pegasus held out his head of his own accord so that his master might put on the bridle.

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  • Or, perhaps, the bard received inspiration by drinking magic water from the fountain called Hippocrene, or the skaldic mead which dripped from the moon.

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  • As soon as they had eaten their morning meal, and drank some sparkling water from a spring called Hippocrene, Pegasus held out his head, of his own accord, so that his master might put on the bridle.

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  • The three novels (titled in the Hippocrene Books edition "With Fire & Sword," "The Deluge," and "Fire in the Steppe") detail the troubles in Poland in the mid-17th century when it was beset by a gruesome Cossack rebellion aided by a Tartar invasion, simultaneous invasion by Sweden, Russia and the Cossacks, and then invasion by the Ottomans.

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  • Shortly after that I coauthored an update for a guidebook to Phoenix, and that same year got a contract with Hippocrene Books to write Byzantium: An Illustrated History.

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  • For every dreary mention of a proximate erection, impale his private parts with the white-hot needle of a stingray, O Goddesses Divine of the Hippocrene!

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  • Lord Byron, like all who live, alas, by ink, the Hippocrene water of today, for want of a better.

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  • A proper schooling in grammar and gymnastic being the foundation for the growth of virtue and character in the young, and knowledge of music, astronomy, and natural philosophy having a moderating effect on the appetitive passions of youth, it is the considered opinion of the servants of the Hippocrene Springs that proper equipment for a physics lab will allow such instruction to take place ...

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  • So saying, he led him up the sacred hill, persuaded him to drink a copious draught of the waters of the Hippocrene, and then presented him to the harmonious Nine, who crowned his temples with a laurel wreath.

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  • A modern may with much more elegance invoke a ballad, as some have thought Homer did, or a mug of ale, with the author of Hudibras; which latter may perhaps have inspired much more poetry, as well as prose, than all the liquors of Hippocrene or Helicon.

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