[ley-ok-oh-on] /leɪˈɒk oʊˌɒn/
Classical Mythology. a priest of Apollo at Troy who warned the Trojans of the Trojan Horse, and who, with his two sons, was killed by two huge serpents sent by Athena or Apollo.
(italics) a late 2nd-century b.c. representation in marble of Laocoön and his sons struggling with the serpents: attributed to Agesander, Athenodorus, and Polydorus of Rhodes.
(Greek myth) a priest of Apollo at Troy who warned the Trojans against the wooden horse left by the Greeks; killed with his twin sons by two sea serpents
Trojan priest of Apollo, from Latin Laocoon, from Greek Laukoun, from laos “people” (see lay (adj.)) + koeo “I mark, perceive.”
Laocoön, n. A famous piece of antique sculpture representing a priest of that time and his two sons in the folds of two enormous serpents. The skill and diligence with which the old man and lads support the serpents and keep them up in their work have been justly regarded as one of the noblest artistic illustrations of the mastery of human intelligence over brute inertia. [Ambrose Bierce, “Devil’s Dictionary,” 1911]
In classical mythology, Laocoon was a priest in Troy during the Trojan War. When the Trojans discovered the Trojan horse outside their gates, Laocoon warned against bringing it into the city, remarking, “I am wary of Greeks even when they are bringing gifts.” (See “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts.”) The god Poseidon, who favored the Greeks, then sent two enormous snakes after Laocoon. The creatures coiled themselves around the priest and his two sons, crushing them to death. Some sources say Athena sent the snakes.
[ley-od-uh-muh s] /leɪˈɒd ə məs/ noun, Classical Mythology. 1. a son of Eteocles who defended Thebes against the Epigoni, killed Aegialeus, and was killed by Alcmaeon. 2. (in the Odyssey) the son of Alcinous who, not recognizing Odysseus, challenged him to athletic contests when Odysseus landed in Phaeacia.
[ley-od-uh-mahy-uh] /leɪˌɒd əˈmaɪ ə/ noun, Classical Mythology. 1. a daughter of Acastus who committed suicide so that she could join her husband, Protesilaus, in the underworld. 2. (in the Iliad) the mother, by Zeus, of Sarpedon.
[ley-od-uh-see] /leɪˈɒd əˌsi/ noun 1. (in the Iliad) a daughter of Priam and Hecuba who chose to be swallowed up by the earth rather than live as a Greek concubine.
[ley-od-uh-see-uh, ley-uh-duh-] /leɪˌɒd əˈsi ə, ˌleɪ ə də-/ noun 1. ancient name of . /ˌleɪəʊdɪˈsɪə/ noun 1. the ancient name of several Greek cities in W Asia, notably of Latakia The city of this name mentioned in Scripture lay on the confines of Phrygia and Lydia, about 40 miles east of Ephesus (Rev. 3:14), on […]