Usage Greek Mythology
Other Forms FormsPhilyre
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Contributor Contrib.leananshae on 12/8/2007
Means "lime-tree" in Greek. This was the name of an Oceanid nymph loved by the Titan Cronus. 'When his wife Rhea came upon their rendezvous, he quickly transformed himself into a horse to escape detection. As a result, Philyra birthed a half-horse, half-man hybrid, the centaur Chiron. To ease her shame, Cronus transformed her into a lime-tree.'