Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • 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.

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  • proper n. A Phoenician prince, son of king Agenor of Tyre. Was sent by his royal parents to seek and return his sister Europa after being abducted from Phoenicia by Zeus. Credited with founding Greek city of Thebes and inventing Greek alphabet.

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  • n. (Greek mythology) the brother of Europa and traditional founder of Thebes in Boeotia

Etymologies

Greek Kadmos, of Phoenician origin; see qdm in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Via Latin Cadmūs, from Ancient Greek Κάδμος (Kadmos). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • For when Simmias mentioned his objection, I quite imagined that no answer could be given to him, and therefore I was surprised at finding that his argument could not sustain the first onset of yours; and not impossibly the other, whom you call Cadmus, may share a similar fate.

    Phædo. Paras. 400-499

  • For when Simmias mentioned his objection, I quite imagined that no answer could be given to him, and therefore I was surprised at finding that this argument could not sustain the first onset of yours, and not impossibly the other, whom you call Cadmus, may share a similar fate.

    The Dialogues of Plato, Translated into English with Analyses and Introductions, by B. Jowett.

  • When we find that the name Cadmus is simply the Semitic word _kedem_, the east, and notice all this mythical entourage, we see that this legend is but a lightly veiled account of the local source and progress of the light of day, and of the advantages men derive from it.

    American Hero-Myths A Study in the Native Religions of the Western Continent

  • What loiterer at the gates will call Cadmus from the house, Agenor's son, who left the city of Sidon and founded here the town of Thebes?

    The Bacchantes

  • Now, the really interesting thing is is organisation is called Cadmus, and their manager is Vic Van Doon.

    Science Fiction, Fantasy, Horror: Dragon's Island - Jack Williamson

  • And yet the story of the Sidonian Cadmus, which is so improbable, has been readily believed, and also innumerable other tales.

    Laws

  • If Mr. Spender gives Whitman a book called Cadmus the scholar will easily identify it as Calamus.

    Taking Sides

  • Bochart says that he was called Cadmus, because he came from the eastern part of Phœnicia, which is called in

    The Metamorphoses of Ovid Vol. I, Books I-VII

  • He supposes Cadmus to have been a fugitive Canaanite, who fled from the face of Joshua: and that he was called Cadmus from being a Cadmonite, which is a family mentioned by

    A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)

  • Another start-up, called Cadmus, takes every post that has been written since the last time you checked Twitter and sorts them based on an algorithm that determines popularity.

    NYT > Home Page

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