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n.1.(Zool.) Any species of small moths of the genus Procris. The larvæ of some species injure the grapevine by feeding in groups upon the leaves.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
References in classic literature ?
But (they say) a certain Cephalus, the son of Deion, an Athenian, who owned a hound which no beast ever escaped, had accidentally killed his wife Procris, and being purified of the homicide by the Cadmeans, hunted the fox with his hound, and when they had overtaken it both hound and fox were turned into stones near Teumessus.
"Then I saw Phaedra, and Procris, and fair Ariadne daughter of the magician Minos, whom Theseus was carrying off from Crete to Athens, but he did not enjoy her, for before he could do so Diana killed her in the island of Dia on account of what Bacchus had said against her.
[Eighteenth century] Eberlin, Johann Ernst Sigismundus 1753 Rousseau, Jean-Jacques Pygmalion 1762/1770 Asplmayr, Franz Pygmalion 1772 Schweitzer, Anton Pygmalion 1772 Seckendorff, Carl Siegmund von Proserpina 1775 Benda, Jiri (Geotg) Ariadne auf Naxos 1775 Medea 1775 Philon et Theone 1779 (revised asAlmansor und Nadine) Pygmalion 1779 Wolf, Ernst Wilhelm Polyxena 1776 Rust, Friedrich Wilhelm Colma's Klage 1777 Inkle und Yariko 1777 Reichardt, Johann Friedrich Cephalus und Procris 1777 Zimmermann, Anton Die Wilden 1777 Zelmor und Ermide 1780 Andromeda und Perseus 1781 Winter, Peter Cora und Alonzo 1778 Leonardo und Blandine 1779 Reinhold und Armida 1780 Medea und Jason 1789 Mozart, Wolfgang A.
An unusual subject in maiolica painting, it presents Cephalus who, out hunting, is inadvertently about to spear his beloved wife Procris who has been veiled and hidden by the jealous goddess Eos (Fig.
Caldwell shows how central the corpse is to Michael Field's ekphrastic volume, showing how often dead bodies appear in the poems, focusing on illuminating close readings of "The Death of Procris" and Crivelli's "A Pieta." Ultimately, Caldwell argues that the corpse is so central to the volume because it makes the authors' task all the more challenging; they must depict the way the painter transitions from living dynamism to the "freeze frame" scene of death, a process that the ekphrastic poet must then reverse.
In June 1777, Boyer notes that the Academie Royale de Musique (the Paris Opera) has just revived Cephale & Procris, adding that Andre-Ernest-Modeste Gretry "treated with nobility and expression" all the pieces where the librettist Jean-Francois Marmontel had provided opportunity to develop the riches of his art; however:
Discussed are the story of Cephalus and Procris, the connections between Cephalus and syphilis, and the tale's transmission during the early modern period.
Most importantly, the incorporation of the historical Herostratus and his 356 BCE burning of Diana's temple at Ephesus with the myth of Cephalus and Procris (truncated to 'Pocris'), all within the framework of the Spanish Baroque musical comedia, represents a noteworthy dramatic innovation by Calderon (Florez 306).
De este modo, Alberto Navarro Gonzalez ejemplifica en Cefalo y Procris una autoparodia de previos motivos calderonianos: "hallamos un desenfadado Calderon que, espectador risueno de su propia obra anterior, parece jugar con sus artisticos recursos y con sus personajes, temas y situaciones mas tragicos y poeticos" (145).