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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Laocoon  \La*oc"o*["o]n\,  n.  [L.,  fr  Gr  ?  ] 
  1.  (Class.  Myth.)  A  priest  of  Apollo,  during  the  Trojan  war. 
  (See  2.) 
 
  2.  (Sculp.)  A  marble  group  in  the  Vatican  at  Rome, 
  representing  the  priest  Laoco["o]n,  with  his  sons, 
  infolded  in  the  coils  of  two  serpents,  as  described  by 
  Virgil. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  Laocoon 
  n  :  (Greek  mythology)  the  priest  of  Apollo  who  warned  the 
  Trojans  to  beware  of  Greeks  bearing  gifts  when  they 
  wanted  to  accept  the  Trojan  Horse;  a  god  who  favored  the 
  Greeks  (Poseidon  or  Athena)  sent  snakes  who  coiled  around 
  Laocoon  and  his  two  twin  sons  killing  them  [syn:  {Laocoon}] 
 
  From  THE  DEVIL'S  DICTIONARY  ((C)1911  Released  April  15  1993)  [devils]: 
 
  LAOCOON,  n.  A  famous  piece  of  antique  scripture  representing  a  priest 
  of  that  name  and  his  two  sons  in  the  folds  of  two  enormous  serpents. 
  The  skill  and  diligence  with  which  the  old  man  and  lads  support  the 
  serpents  and  keep  them  up  to  their  work  have  been  justly  regarded  as 
  one  of  the  noblest  artistic  illustrations  of  the  mastery  of  human 
  intelligence  over  brute  inertia. 
 
 




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