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[n] (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by Aphrodite, the goddess of love
[n] any handsome young man
[n] annual or perennial herbs

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genus Adonis

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\A*do"nis\ ([.a]*d[=o]"n[i^]s), n. [L., gr. Gr. 'A`dwnis.]
1. (Gr. Myth.) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.
2. A pre["e]minently beautiful young man; a dandy.
3. (Bot.) A genus of plants of the family {Ranunculace[ae]}, containing the pheasant's eye ({Adonis autumnalis}); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.

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