Morpheus

Morpheus

[mawr-fee-uhs, -fyoos]
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a son of Hypnos and the god of dreams.
Idioms
2.
in the arms of Morpheus, asleep.

Origin:
1325–75; Middle English < Latin < Greek morph() form + Latin -eus noun suffix; coined by Ovid, with allusion to the forms seen in dreams

Morphean, adjective
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Morpheus (ˈmɔːfɪəs, -fjuːs)
 
n
Greek myth the god of sleep and dreams
 
'Morphean
 
adj

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Morpheus
name for the god of dreams in Ovid, son of Sleep, lit. "the maker of shapes," from Gk. morphe "form, shape, beauty, outward appearance," perhaps from PIE *merph-, possible Gk. root meaning "form," of unknown origin.
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Morpheus [(mawr-fee-uhs)]

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.
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