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hal·cy·on

 (hăl′sē-ən)
adj.
1. Calm and peaceful; tranquil.
2. Prosperous; golden: halcyon years.
n.
1. A fabled bird, identified with the kingfisher, that was supposed to have had the power to calm the wind and the waves while it nested on the sea during the winter solstice.
2. A kingfisher, especially one of the genus Halcyon.

[Middle English alcioun, mythical halcyon bird, from Latin alcyōn, halcyōn, from Greek halkuōn, alteration (influenced by hals, salt, sea, and kuōn, conceiving) of alkuōn, probably from a pre-Greek Mediterranean language .]

halcyon

(ˈhælsɪən)
adj
1. peaceful, gentle, and calm
2. happy and carefree
n
3. (Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a fabulous bird associated with the winter solstice
4. (Animals) a poetic name for the kingfisher
5. halcyon days
a. a fortnight of calm weather during the winter solstice
b. a period of peace and happiness
[C14: from Latin alcyon, from Greek alkuōn kingfisher, of uncertain origin]

hal•cy•on

(ˈhæl si ən)

adj.
1. calm; peaceful; tranquil: halcyon weather.
2. prosperous: halcyon years.
3. happy; joyful; carefree: halcyon days of youth.
4. of or pertaining to the halcyon or kingfisher.
n.
5. a bird of classical legend, identified with the kingfisher, that was said to magically calm the waves when it nested on the surface of the sea.
6. any of various kingfishers, esp. of the genus Halcyon.
[1350–1400; Middle English alceon, alicion < Latin (h)alcyōn < Greek halkyṓn]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Halcyon - (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
2.Halcyon - a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World
bird genus - a genus of birds
3.halcyon - a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves
mythical being - an imaginary being of myth or fable
Adj.1.halcyon - idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity; "a halcyon atmosphere"
peaceful, peaceable - not disturbed by strife or turmoil or war; "a peaceful nation"; "peaceful times"; "a far from peaceful Christmas"; "peaceful sleep"
2.halcyon - marked by peace and prosperity; "a golden era"; "the halcyon days of the clipper trade"
happy - enjoying or showing or marked by joy or pleasure; "a happy smile"; "spent many happy days on the beach"; "a happy marriage"

halcyon

adjective
1. happy, golden, flourishing, prosperous, carefree, palmy It was all a far cry from those halcyon days in 1990.
2. peaceful, still, quiet, calm, gentle, mild, serene, tranquil, placid, pacific, undisturbed, unruffled The next day dawned sunny with a halcyon blue sky.

halcyon

adjective
Motionless and undisturbed:
Translations

halcyon

[ˈhælsɪən] ADJ halcyon daysdías mpl felices

halcyon

[ˈhælsiən] adjmerveilleux/euse

halcyon

adj halcyon daysglückliche Tage pl

halcyon

[ˈhælsɪən] adjsereno/a
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