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Hal"cy*on (?), n. [L. halcyon, alcyon, Gr.: F. halcyon.] Zool.

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.

Amidst our arms as quiet you shall be As halcyons brooding on a winter sea. Dryden.


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Hal"cy*on, a.


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.


Hence: Calm; quiet; peaceful; undisturbed; happy.

"Deep, halcyon repose."

De Quincy.


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