halcyon definition

  • noun:
    • A kingfisher, specifically one of the genus Halcyon.
    • A fabled bird, identified using the kingfisher, that has been supposed to experienced the power to soothe the wind together with waves although it nested regarding ocean during the cold winter solstice.
    • In classical legends, a bird said to nest on sea, thereby soothing the seas; later on usually identified with a form of kingfisher, thus (poetic) a kingfisher.
    • A tropical kingfisher for the genus Halcyon, for instance the sacred kingfisher Halcyon sancta of Australian Continent.
    • A kingfisher. By modern ornithologists limited to a genus including a limited range species having omnivorous practices, whilst the sacred kingfisher (Halcyon sancta) of Australian Continent.
    • a classic and poetical title regarding the kingfisher.
    • In ornithology: A kingfisher for the subfamily Halcyoninæ or Dacelouinæ, and especially for the genus Halcyon: as, the white-headed halcyon, Halcyon semicœrulea.
    • [capitalized] [NL.] The Conventional genus of kingfishers of this subfamily Halcyoninæ.
    • Halcyon days (see below); peaceful; quietude.
    • a sizable kingfisher commonly distributed in hotter elements of the Old World
    • (Greek mythology) a female who had been turned into a kingfisher
    • a mythical bird believed to reproduce during the winter solstice in a nest drifting in the ocean also to have the power of soothing the winds and waves
  • adjective:
    • quiet and peaceful; tranquil.
    • Prosperous; golden: halcyon years.
    • related to the halcyon or kingfisher
    • quiet, undisturbed, peaceful, serene.
    • regarding, or resembling, the halcyon, that has been anciently thought to lay her eggs in nests on or near the ocean through the calm climate towards cold weather solstice.
    • therefore: quiet; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; pleased.
    • idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting pleased tranquillity
    • marked by peace and success
  • others:
    • Of, regarding, or connected with the halcyon or kingfisher.
    • owned by halcyon times (see below); calm; peaceful; calm; undisturbed; happy.
    • Hence — Days of serenity and tranquillity.

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