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Somnus

[som-nuh s] /ˈsɒm nəs/
noun
1.
the ancient Roman god of sleep, a son of Night and brother of Death.
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Somnus

/ˈsɒmnəs/
noun
1.
the Roman god of sleep Greek counterpart Hypnos
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Word Origin and History for Somnus
n.

"sleep personified; the god of sleep in Roman mythology," equivalent of Greek Hypnos, son of Night and brother of Death, 1590s, from Latin somnus "sleep, drowsiness," from PIE *swep-no-, from root *swep- (1) "to sleep" (cf. Sanskrit svapnah, Avestan kvafna-, Greek hypnos, Lithuanian sapnas, Old Church Slavonic sunu, Old Irish suan, Welsh hun "sleep," Latin sopor "a deep sleep," Old English swefn, Old Norse svefn "a dream").

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