Laocoon definition

  • noun:
    • Greek Mythology A Trojan priest of Apollo who had been killed together with his two sons by two ocean serpents for having warned their folks of the Trojan-horse.
    • A priest of Apollo, during Trojan war. (See 2.)
    • A marble group in Vatican at Rome, representing the priest Laoco├Ân, together with sons, infolded within the coils of two serpents, as explained by Virgil.
    • (Greek mythology) the priest of Apollo which warned the Trojans to avoid Greeks bearing gift ideas if they wished to take the Trojan Horse; a god which preferred the Greeks (Poseidon or Athena) delivered snakes who coiled around Laocoon and his two twin sons killing all of them

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