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ScriptsΑδωνις Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.A-DAW-NEES Classical Greek
ə-DAW-nis English
ə-DO-nis English

Meaning & History

From Phoenician Adonai which means "lord". In Greek myth Adonis was a handsome young shepherd killed while hunting a wild boar. The anemone flower is said to have sprung from his blood. Because he was loved by Aphrodite, Zeus allowed him to be restored to life for part of each year. The Greeks borrowed this character from Semitic traditions, originally Sumerian (see Dumuzi).
Other Languages & CulturesAdonai Theology
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Berserk characters, Greek mythology, hunters, mythology
Entry updated July 11, 2018