Definition of Odysseus

1. Noun. (Greek mythology) a famous mythical Greek hero; his return to Ithaca after the siege of Troy was described in the Odyssey.

Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being

Definition of Odysseus

1. Proper noun. (Ancient Greek male given name), (Greek mythology) son of Laertes and father of Telemachus; a Greek leader during the Trojan War, and responsible for the Trojan horse; king of Ithaca; hero of the ''Iliad'' and protagonist of the ''Odyssey'' ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Odysseus

Odobenus divergens
Odobenus rosmarus
Odocoileus Virginianus
Odocoileus hemionus
Odocoileus hemionus columbianus
Odontaspis taurus
Odysseus (current term)
Oecanthus fultoni
Oedipal complex
Oedipus Rex
Oedipus complexes

Literary usage of Odysseus

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1. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer (1921)
"THE RAFT OF Odysseus DAWN from her couch by high Tithonus rose to bring light to immortals and to men; and now the gods sat down to council. ..."

2. The Odyssey of Homer by Homer (1921)
"XVIII THE FIGHT OF Odysseus AND IRUS THERE came into the hall a common beggar, ... Coming in now, he tried to drive Odysseus from the house< and jeer- ingly ..."

3. The Odyssey by Homer (1905)
"BOOK SIXTEENTH HOW Odysseus MADE HIMSELF KNOWN TO TELEMACHUS NOW in the hut, as soon as morning shone, Odysseus and the swineherd bright anon Made ready ..."

4. The Chautauquan by Chautauqua Institution (1909)
"Why was Menelaus likely to have tidings of Odysseus? 64. What was the stratagem of the ... What purpose had Calypso in keep ing Odysseus with her. 69. ..."

5. The Growth and Influence of Classical Greek Poetry: Lectures Delivered in by Richard Claverhouse Jebb (1893)
"This hits the point, — that the Greeks saw in Odysseus no unapproachable hero, ... Greek poetry, with its usual tact, does not make Odysseus young. ..."

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