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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HALCYON

So it is that seamen love these birds and look for halcyon weather.

Since I have mentioned the Halcyon, I shall here describe it.

It was a new and halcyon vision of the way to spend one's declining years.

The sea is calm, and the halcyon broods, and only love is eternal.

The days went by, days that were halcyon under love's own sunshine.

And to those days of calm and sunshine, the name of the Halcyon Days was given.

But these halcyon times are of the past—and so, verily, are their heroes.

But those were the halcyon days of cavalry life, not the typical.

Those were the halcyon days of the dime museum, and there was one at Cincinnati.

Out of sight of land we picked up the Halcyon, and Burnley and I went aboard.

WORD ORIGIN

1540s, in halcyon dayes (Latin alcyonei dies, Greek alkyonides hemerai), 14 days of calm weather at the winter solstice, when a mythical bird (identified with the kingfisher) was said to breed in a nest floating on calm seas. From halcyon (n.), late 14c., from Latin halcyon, from Greek halkyon, variant (perhaps a misspelling) of alkyon "kingfisher," from hals "sea, salt" (see halo-) + kyon "conceiving," present participle of kyein "to conceive," literally "to swell," from PIE root *keue- "to swell." Identified in mythology with Halcyone, daughter of Aeolus, who when widowed threw herself into the sea and became a kingfisher.

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