Cadmus


Also found in: Thesaurus, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

Cad·mus

 (kăd′məs)
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.]

Cadmus

(ˈkædməs)
n
(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

Cad•mus

(ˈkæd məs)

n.
a Phoenician of Greek myth who founded the city of Thebes.
Cad•me•an (kædˈmi ən) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cadmus - (Greek mythology) the brother of Europa and traditional founder of Thebes in Boeotia
Greek mythology - the mythology of the ancient Greeks
imaginary being, imaginary creature - a creature of the imagination; a person that exists only in legends or myths or fiction
References in classic literature ?
Cadmus, Phoenix, and Cilix, the three sons of King Agenor, and their little sister Europa (who was a very beautiful child), were at play together near the seashore in their father's kingdom of Phoenicia.
Just then, there came a splendid butterfly, fluttering along the meadow; and Cadmus, Phoenix, and Cilix set off in pursuit of it, crying out that it was a flower with wings.
The Thebans sprung from the Dragon's teeth sown by Cadmus.
OEDIPUS My children, latest born to Cadmus old, Why sit ye here as suppliants, in your hands Branches of olive filleted with wool?
MESSENGER Attend all ye who dwell beside the halls Of Cadmus and Amphion.
When he was in this plight, Ino daughter of Cadmus, also called Leucothea, saw him.
Grim war and dread battle destroyed a part of them, some in the land of Cadmus at seven- gated Thebe when they fought for the flocks of Oedipus, and some, when it had brought them in ships over the great sea gulf to Troy for rich-haired Helen's sake: there death's end enshrouded a part of them.
So spake the Enemie of Mankind, enclos'd In Serpent, Inmate bad, and toward EVE Address'd his way, not with indented wave, Prone on the ground, as since, but on his reare, Circular base of rising foulds, that tour'd Fould above fould a surging Maze, his Head Crested aloft, and Carbuncle his Eyes; With burnisht Neck of verdant Gold, erect Amidst his circling Spires, that on the grass Floted redundant: pleasing was his shape, And lovely, never since of Serpent kind Lovelier, not those that in ILLYRIA chang'd HERMIONE and CADMUS, or the God In EPIDAURUS; nor to which transformd AMMONIAN JOVE, or CAPITOLINE was seen, Hee with OLYMPIAS, this with her who bore SCIPIO the highth of ROME.
Mecisteus went once to Thebes after the fall of Oedipus, to attend his funeral, and he beat all the people of Cadmus. The son of Tydeus was Euryalus's second, cheering him on and hoping heartily that he would win.
As I am, so I see; use what language we will, we can never say anything but what we are; Hermes, Cadmus, Columbus, Newton, Bonaparte, are the mind's ministers.
There are other letters for the child to learn than those which Cadmus invented.
"One is uninhabited, and I heard that the people on the other had gone off to Cadmus Island.