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Cirʹce (2 syl.)

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A sorceress. She lived in the island of Ææa. When Ulysses landed there, Circë turned his companions into swine, but Ulysses resisted this metamorphose by virtue of a herb called moly, given him by Mereury.

“Who knows not Circe,


The daughter of the Sun, whose charmëd cup

Whoever tasted lost his upright shape,

And downward fell into a grovelling swine?”


Milton: Comus, 50–53.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Cillaros
Cimmerian Bosphorus
Cimmerian Darkness
Cinohona
Cincinnatus
Cinderella [little cinder girl]
Cinque Cento
Cinque Ports (The)
Cinter (A)
Cipher
Circe
Circle of Ulloa
Circuit
Circumbendibus (A)
Circumcellians
Circumcised Brethren (in Hudibras)
Circumlocution Office
Ciric-Sceat or Church Scot
Cist (Greek kistê, Latin cista)
Cist Urn (A)
Cistercians

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