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[ak-tee-uh n] /ækˈti ən/
noun, Classical Mythology
a hunter who, for having seen Diana bathing, was changed by her into a stag and was torn to pieces by his own hounds. Unabridged
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/ækˈtiːən; ˈæktɪən/
(Greek myth) a hunter of Boeotia who, having accidentally seen Artemis bathing, was turned into a stag and torn apart by his own hounds
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in Greek mythology, the name of the hunter who discovered Artemis bathing and was changed by her to a stag and torn to death by his hounds. The name is of unknown origin. Sometimes used figuratively in 17c. for "a cuckold" (because of his "horns").

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