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[mem-non] /ˈmɛm nɒn/
Colossus of, (in ancient Egypt) a colossal statue near Thebes said to produce a musical sound when the rays of the early morning sun struck it.
Compare Vocal Memnon.
Classical Mythology. an Ethiopian king slain by Achilles in the Trojan War.
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[mem-noh-nee-uh n] /mɛmˈnoʊ ni ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • It brought to mind that wonderful stone of Memnon, which responded to the rays of sunrise.

  • Another of her sons was Memnon, King of Æthiopia, who was slain by Achilles.

  • In another piece, Aurora descends and carries off the dead body of Memnon.

    The Student's Mythology Catherine Ann White
  • It was just the same a year and a half ago with Memnon's palace.

  • Memnon was obliged to purchase his safety with all he had about him.

    Voltaire's Romances Franois-Marie Arouet
  • Achilles, like his victim Memnon, was made immortal by the favor of the gods.

  • The famous musical statue of Memnon is still seated on its throne, dignified and serene, on the plain of Thebes.

    Sketches Benjamin Disraeli
  • As on that of the Memnon, not a vestige of a hair was to be seen on the head of Split-log.

    Matilda Montgomerie Major (John) Richardson
  • "Because I don't think he's sailing in the Memnon at all," continued Mrs. Kitto, gently.

    Denis Dent Ernest W. Hornung
  • Then Memnon and his army charged the Greeks, slaying and stripping the dead.

British Dictionary definitions for Memnon


(Greek myth) a king of Ethiopia, son of Eos: slain by Achilles in the Trojan War
a colossal statue of Amenhotep III at Thebes in ancient Egypt, which emitted a sound thought by the Greeks to be the voice of Memnon
Derived Forms
Memnonian (mɛmˈnəʊnɪən) adjective
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