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n. Greek Mythology
A Phoenician prince who killed a dragon and sowed its teeth, from which sprang up an army of men who fought one another until only five survived. With these five men Cadmus founded the city of Thebes.

[Greek Kadmos, of Phoenician origin; see qdm in Semitic roots.]


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a Phoenician prince who killed a dragon and planted its teeth, from which sprang a multitude of warriors who fought among themselves until only five remained, who joined Cadmus to found Thebes
ˈCadmean adj


(ˈkæd məs)

a Phoenician of Greek myth who founded the city of Thebes.
Cad•me•an (kædˈmi ən) adj.
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Noun1.Cadmus - (Greek mythology) the brother of Europa and traditional founder of Thebes in Boeotia
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imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
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