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Linus

[lahy-nuh s] /ˈlaɪ nəs/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Linus

[lahy-nuh s] /ˈlaɪ nəs/
noun
1.
Saint, died a.d. 76? pope 67?–76?.
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in Greek mythology, the personification of lamentation; the name derives from the ritual cry ailinon, the refrain of a dirge. Two principal stories, associated with Argos and Thebes, respectively, arose to explain the origin of the lament

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