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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A Thracian poet and musician whose music had the power to move even inanimate objects and who almost succeeded in rescuing his wife Eurydice from Hades.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • proper noun (Gr. Myth.) The famous mythic Thracian poet, son of the Muse Calliope, and husband of Eurydice. He is reputed to have had power to entrance beasts and inanimate objects by the music of his lyre.

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  • proper noun Greek mythology A Thracian musician and poet, who failed to retrieve his wife Eurydice from Hades.
  • proper noun rare A male given name.

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

  • noun (Greek mythology) a great musician; when his wife Eurydice died he went to Hades to get her back but failed

Etymologies

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

[Latin Orpheus, from Greek; see orbh- in Indo-European roots.]

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Greek Ὀρφεύς, built from an uncertain root with the -εύς suffix. Perhaps root-cognate to ὀρφανός "orphan".

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