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Narcissus

Narcissus, the son of the river god Cephissus and the nymph Leiriope, was an extremely good-looking Greek youth. His beauty ultimately led to his death. A prophet named Tiresias told Leiriope that her son would enjoy a long life as long as he never knew himself or saw his reflection. Although Leiriope did not understand the prophecy at the time, its meaning eventually became clear.

nymph minor goddess of nature, usually represented as young and beautiful

prophet one who claims to have received divine messages or insights prophecy foretelling of what is to come; also something that is predicted

Narcissus was so handsome that many women and men fell in love with him. He rejected all of them. One of his admirers was the nymph Echo, who had been cursed by Hera* to repeat only the last words spoken to her. Ameinias, another admirer, was so devastated by Narcissus's indifference toward him that he killed himself. Before doing so, however, Ameinias called on the gods to punish Narcissus. They caused the beautiful youth to gaze into a pond at his reflection. He fell in love with his own image and drowned trying to touch it. In other accounts of the story, Narcissus killed himself out of sorrow and frustration. The gods then changed him into the flower that bears his name.

See also Echo; Greek Mythology; Tiresias.

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Narcissus (in Greek mythology)

Narcissus (närsĬs´əs), in Greek mythology, beautiful youth who refused all offers of love, including that of Echo. As punishment for his indifference he was made to fall in love with his own image in a mountain pool. Unable to possess the image, he pined away and was turned into a flower.

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Narcissus

Narcissus in Greek mythology, a beautiful youth who rejected the nymph Echo and fell in love with his own reflection in a pool. He pined away and was changed into the flower that bears his name. The term narcissism is thus used for excessive or erotic interest in oneself and one's physical appearance.

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narcissus

narcissus Genus of Old World, bulb-forming, garden flowers, including daffodils and jonguils. The long, pointed leaves surround yellow, orange or white trumpet-like flowers. Family Amaryllidaceae.

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Narcissus In Greek mythology, a beautiful youth who rejected the love of the nymph Echo and was punished by being made to fall in love with his own reflection in a pond. He pined away and was turned into a flower.

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