adonis defined in 1939 yearadonis - Adonis;
adonis - In Greek mythology, a beautiful youth beloved by Aphrodite. When he was killed by a wild boar, Aphrodite's grief was so great that Zeus allowed him to spend alternately six months among the living and six among the dead. The worship of Adonis, of Phoenician origin and widespread in Mediterranean countries, was in essence the worship of a spirit of vegetation, or more particularly a corn-spirit, the periods of six months referring to the growth of nature in spring and its decay in winter. The gardens of Adonis, which formed part of the festival in his honour, were collections of plants in flower which soon withered. Consult Adonis, Attis, Osiris, J. G. Frazer, 1906.
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