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

  • n. Greek Mythology A king of Thrace who raped Philomela and who was changed into a hoopoe.

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  • Epops (the hoopoe), sometime called Tereus, and now King of the Birds, they determine, under the direction of a raven and a jackdaw, to seek from him and his subject birds a city free from all care and strife.

    The Birds

  • Epops (the hoopoe), sometime called Tereus, and now King of the Birds, they determine, under the direction of a raven and a jackdaw, to seek from him and his subject birds a city free from all care and strife. "

    The Eleven Comedies, Volume 2

  • Hence his "Tereus," because it failed to obtain the prize, has not reached us, which, with other of his productions, deserved preservation, though they had missed the crown awarded by the public.

    Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)

  • Pisthetairos and Euelpides, frustrated with life in wartime Athens, search for Tereus, a king who had been changed into a hoopoe, in the realm of the birds in the sky.

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • After reaching the sky and meeting a descendant of Tereus, they convince the birds to help them create Nephelokokkygia (or Nephelococcygia, "Cloudcuckooland").

    Archive 2009-03-01

  • The conclusion of the story, in which Procne kills their son then bakes him in a pie and serves him to Tereus in revenge, is less recounted somehow, arguably because the scorched-earth emotional relentlessness it exemplifies sits so uncomfortably withinthe heart of the genuinely feminine.

    Divorce, American Style

  • Lycaon a wolf, Tereus a lapwing, [5387] Calisto a bear, Elpenor and

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Tragical examples are too common in this kind, both new and old, in all ages, as of [6158] Cephalus and Procris, [6159] Phaereus of Egypt, Tereus, Atreus, and Thyestes.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • For Tereus dwelt in Daulia, a part of the region which is now called Phocis but in those days was inhabited by Thracians, and in that country Itys suffered at the hands of the women Procnè and Philomela.

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

  • He has no connexion with Tereus who took to wife from Athens

    The History of the Peloponnesian War

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