1. Classical Mythology. a young man kept forever youthful through eternal sleep and loved by Selene.
  2. (italics) a narrative poem (1818) by John Keats.


  1. Greek myth a handsome youth who was visited every night by the moon goddess Selene, who loved him

beautiful youth loved by Moon-goddess Selene, from Greek, perhaps literally “diver, plunger,” from endyein “to enter into, sink into, plunge, dive,” which was used in reference to the sun or stars setting into the sea. On this theory, he originally was a solar deity, a personification of the setting sun.

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