- a handsome youth loved by Aphrodite. Killed by a wild boar, he was believed to spend part of the year in the underworld and part on earth, symbolizing the vegetative cycle
- a handsome young man
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
- Mythology[Class. Myth.]a youth slain by a wild boar but permitted by Zeus to pass four months every year in the lower world with Persephone, four with Aphrodite, and four wherever he chose.
- a very handsome young man.
- 1615–25 for def. 2