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Aonian

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Aonian Pertaining to Aonia, in Bœotia, or to the Muses, who were supposed to dwell there.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • aonian Pertaining to Aonia, an ancient mythological and poetical name of Bœotia, or to the Muses, who were supposed to dwell there; hence, pertaining to the Muses; poetical.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Aonian ā-ō′ni-an pertaining to Aonia in Greece, or to the Muses supposed to dwell there
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
From Aonia, a part of Bœotia, in Greece

Usage

In literature:

And what poor Dido, with her drawn sword sharp, Doth say, with her that loved the Aonian harp.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
Tritonia had {meanwhile} lent an ear to such recitals as these, and she approved of the songs of the Aonian maids, and their just resentment.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
He "possessed his soul in patience," and "soared above the Aonian mount," amid general levity and profligacy.
"A Modern History, From the Time of Luther to the Fall of Napoleon" by John Lord
To vie with streams Aonian be thy pride, As thro' Blandusia's Vale thy silver currents glide!
"Original sonnets on various subjects; and odes paraphrased from Horace" by Anna Seward
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In poetry:

'Twas in a cool Aonian glade,
The wanton Cupid, spent with toil,
Had sought refreshment from the shade,
And stretch'd him on the mossy soil.
"Anacreontic" by William Shenstone
Let the proud Soldan wound th' Arcadian groves,
Or with rude lips th' Aonian fount profane;
The Muse no more by flowery Ladon roves,
She seeks her Thomson on the British plain.
"Elegy XIV. Declining an Invitation To Visit Foreign Countries" by William Shenstone
Are all th' Aonian springs
Dried up? lies Thespia waste?
Doth Clarius' harp want strings,
That not a nymph now sings?
Or droop they as disgrac'd,
To see their seats and bowers by chatt'ring pies defac'd?
"An Ode to Himself" by Ben Jonson