linus song

Linus

[lahy-nuhs]
noun
1.
Classical Mythology.
a.
a musician and poet, the inventor of melody and rhythm, of whom various stories are told: often identified, through his untimely death, with the harvesting or withering of crops and vegetation.
b.
Also called Linus song. a dirge: originally sung in western Asia to mourn the death of crops being harvested, later sung to mourn the death of Linus or that of Adonis.
2.
a male given name.
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