Halcyon

Definition of Halcyon

Hal´cy`on   Pronunciation: hăl´sĭ`ǒn
n.1.(Zool.) A kingfisher. By modern ornithologists restricted to a genus including a limited number of species having omnivorous habits, as the sacred kingfisher (Halcyon sancta) of Australia.
Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be
As halcyons brooding on a winter sea.
- Dryden.
a.1.Pertaining to, or resembling, the halcyon, which was anciently said to lay her eggs in nests on or near the sea during the calm weather about the winter solstice.
2.Hence: Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.

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