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name for the god of dreams in Ovid, son of Sleep, literally "the maker of shapes," from Greek morphe "form, shape, figure," especially "a fine figure, a beautiful form; beauty, fashion, outward appearance," perhaps from PIE *merph-, a possible Greek root meaning "form." Related: Morphean. Cf. Morpho, an epithet of Aphrodite, literally "shapely."
A Roman god of sleep and dreams.
Note: Someone who is “in the arms of Morpheus” is asleep.
Note: The narcotic morphine was named after Morpheus.