1. (Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher;
[syn: Alcyone, Halcyon]
2. a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World;
[syn: Halcyon, genus Halcyon]
3. a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves;
1. idyllically calm and peaceful; suggesting happy tranquillity;
- Example: "a halcyon atmosphere"
2. marked by peace and prosperity;
- Example: "a golden era"
- Example: "the halcyon days of the clipper trade"
[syn: golden, halcyon, prosperous]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Halcyon \Hal"cy*on\ (h[a^]l"s[i^]*[o^]n), n. [L. halcyon, alcyon, Gr. "alkyw`n, 'alkyw`n: cf. F. halcyon.] (Zool.) A kingfisher. By modern ornithologists restricted to a genus including a limited number of species having omnivorous habits, as the sacred kingfisher (Halcyon sancta) of Australia. [1913 Webster] Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be As halcyons brooding on a winter sea. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Halcyon \Hal"cy*on\, a. 1. Pertaining to, or resembling, the halcyon, which was anciently said to lay her eggs in nests on or near the sea during the calm weather about the winter solstice. [1913 Webster] 2. Hence: Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy. "Deep, halcyon repose." --De Quincy. [1913 Webster]U.S. Gazetteer (1990):
Halcyon, CA Zip code(s): 93420Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
76 Moby Thesaurus words for "halcyon": Saturnian, at peace, at rest, balmy, bloodless, blooming, blossoming, booming, bright, calm, clear, cloistered, concordant, cool, dwindling, ebbing, even-tenored, exuberant, fair, fat, flourishing, flowering, fruiting, going strong, hushed, idyllic, impassive, in full swing, in good case, isolated, mild, moldering, orderly, pacific, palmy, pastoral, peaceable, peaceful, peacetime, piping, placid, prospering, quiescent, quiet, reposeful, reposing, restful, resting, rosy, secluded, sequestered, sequestrated, serene, sheltered, sleek, smooth, soft, still, still as death, stillish, stilly, stoic, stolid, subsiding, sunny, thriving, tranquil, unagitated, undisturbed, unmoved, unperturbed, unruffled, unstirring, untroubled, vigorous, waning