Definitions of halcyon

  1. A kingfisher. By modern ornithologists restricted to a genus including a limited number of species having omnivorous habits, as the sacred kingfisher ( sancta) of Australia.
  2. The kingfisher, a bird that was once believed to make a floating nest on the sea, which remained calm while it was hatching.
  3. The kingfisher.
  4. A kingfisher.
  5. The king- fisher, a bird whose hatching season was fabled to be always accompanied with calm weather.
  6. A name formerly given to the bird kingfisher, said to lay its eggs near the sea during calm weather; a bird fabled to incubate on the sea, and which so brought about calm weather.
  7. marked by peace and prosperity; " a golden era"; " the halcyon days of the clipper trade"
  8. joyful and carefree; " halcyon days of youth"
  9. a mythical bird said to breed at the time of the winter solstice in a nest floating on the sea and to have the power of calming the winds and waves
  10. a large kingfisher widely distributed in warmer parts of the Old World
  11. ( Greek mythology) a woman who was turned into a kingfisher
  12. A kingfisher. By modern ornithologists restricted to a genus including a limited number of species having omnivorous habits, as the sacred kingfisher ( Halcyon sancta) of Australia.
  13. Pertaining to, or resembling, the halcyon, which was anciently said to lay her eggs in nests on or near the sea during the calm weather about the winter solstice.
  14. Hence: Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.
  15. Calm: peaceful: happy.
  16. Calm; happy.
  17. Calm; peaceful.
  18. Calm; peaceful; happy. Halcyon days, days of quiet prosperity, literally, the seven days preceding and the seven succeeding the winter solstice, while the king- fisher was breeding.
  19. Calm; quiet; undisturbed; peaceful : halcyon days, the name given by the ancients to the seven days which precede and follow the winter solstice, from the supposed circumstance of the halcyon selecting that period for incubation; days of peace and tran- quallity.
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