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  • noun A goddess who turned Odysseus's men temporarily into swine but later gave him directions for their journey home.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In ornithology, a genus of humming-birds, the type of which is C. latirostris of Mexico.
  • noun In conchology, a genus of siphonate bivalves, of the family Cyprinidæ, containing such species as C. corrugata.
  • noun A genus of Trachymedusæ: synonymous with Trachynema (which see).

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  • proper noun Greek mythology An enchantress who turned Odysseus' men into pigs.

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  • noun (Greek mythology) a sorceress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine


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From Ancient Greek Κίρκη


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  • ‘But when I had gone up into the fair bed of Circe, I besought her by her knees, and the goddess heard my speech, and uttering my voice I spake to her winged words: “Circe, fulfil for me the promise which thou madest me to send me on my homeward way.

    Book X Homer 1909

  • Lander and Boshier devised what they call the "Circe Principle" as an explanation for these unexpected results.

    Ars Technica Amy Coombs 2011

  • The change of the comrades of Odysseus into swine and that type of animal signifies this, that the souls of undeserving men are changed into the likeness of brute beasts; they fall into the circular periphery of the whole, which he calls Circe; whereas she is justly represented as the child of the Sun, dwelling in the island of Aeaea, for this word [Greek omitted] is so called because men lament and wail by reason of death.

    Essays and Miscellanies 2004

  • Until Circe is destroyed, Gemma cannot live out her destiny.

    Rebel Angels: Summary and book reviews of Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. 2005

  • Toward the end of the book, Suttree, felled by typhoid fever, (which mirrors an unelaborated histoplasmosis fugue that his troglodytic familiar Harrogate suffered earlier), has a series of "Circe" - style hallucinations.

    The Valve Jonathan Goodwin 2010

  • I cannot therefore deeply regret the days when I called Circe a "wise-wife '.' and every marriage a" high-tide. "

    Surprised by Joy Lewis, C. S. 1955

  • The first is the concluding chapter of a two-parter called Circe's Island.

    Archive 2006-02-01 DAVID BISHOP 2006

  • 'The Queen isn't called Circe, so that's all right,' said Arsenios, wishing that he had not agreed to come.

    Captain Corelli's Mandolin De Bernieres, Louis 2003

  • The plain, I wis, is called Circe's; and here in line grow many willows and osiers, on whose topmost branches hang corpses bound with cords.

    The Argonautica Apollonius Rhodius

  • "Why, didn't my maid tell you that I am called Circe?" she replied.

    The Satyricon — Volume 05: Crotona Affairs 20-66 Petronius Arbiter


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