elysian fields

Elysium

[ih-lizh-ee-uhm, ih-lee-zhee-, ih-liz-, ih-lee-zee-, ih-lizh-uhm]
noun
1.
Also called Elysian Fields. Classical Mythology. the abode of the blessed after death.
2.
any similarly conceived abode or state of the dead.
3.
any place or state of perfect happiness; paradise.
4.
an area in the northern hemisphere of Mars, appearing as a light region when viewed telescopically from the earth.

Origin:
1590–1600; < Latin < Greek Ēlýsion (pedíon) the Elysian (plain)

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Elysium (ɪˈlɪzɪəm)
 
n
1.  Greek myth See also Islands of the Blessed Also called: Elysian fields the dwelling place of the blessed after death
2.  a state or place of perfect bliss
 
[C16: from Latin, from Greek Ēlusion pedion Elysian (that is, blessed) fields]

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Elysium
1590s, from L. Elysium, from Gk. Elysion (pedion) abode of the blessed.
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Elysian Fields [(i-lizh-uhn)]

In classical mythology, the place where souls of the good went after death: a peaceful and beautiful region, full of meadows, groves, sunlight, and fresh air.

Note: Figuratively, “Elysian Fields” are a place of supreme happiness and bliss.
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