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halcyon


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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Halcyon  \Hal"cy*on\,  n.  [L.  halcyon,  alcyon,  Gr.?:  F.  halcyon.] 
  (Zo["o]l.) 
  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. 
 
  Amidst  our  arms  as  quiet  you  shall  be  As  halcyons 
  brooding  on  a  winter  sea.  --Dryden. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  Hence:  Calm;  quiet;  peaceful;  undisturbed;  happy.  ``Deep, 
  halcyon  repose.''  --De  Quincy. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  halcyon 
  adj  1:  idyllically  calm  and  peaceful;  suggesting  happy 
  tranquillity;  "a  halcyon  atmosphere" 
  2:  joyful  and  carefree;  "halcyon  days  of  youth" 
  3:  marked  by  peace  and  prosperity;  "a  golden  era";  "the  halcyon 
  days  of  the  clipper  trade"  [syn:  {golden},  {prosperous}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Halcyon,  CA 
  Zip  code(s):  93420 




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