Mythological Dictionary
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Icarian or Icarian Sea.
Daedalus had crafted out of wax and feathers two pairs of wings to escape from the imprisonment imposed by King Minos of Crete, one pair for himself, and one for his young son, Icarus. Heedless of his father's advice, the young Icarus flew too close to the sun. The wax of the wings melted and the boy fell into the sea. That part of the Mediterranean along the coast of Asia Minor into which he fell ever after carried his name and would be known as the Icarian Sea. Icarian denotes acts which are reckless and impetuous and lead to one's ruin.
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Gods, although immortal, can suffer wounds. Human blood does not flow from those wounds but instead a clear, rarefied liquid -- divine ichor. In English ichor can refer to a fluid, like blood, or, in pathological terms, a watery substance discharged from wounds or ulcers.
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Iris or iridescent.
Iris was the goddess of the rainbow (the meaning of her name). The adjective iridescent describes anything which gleams with the colors of the rainbow. The iris is the colored portion of the eye which contracts when exposed to light. It is also a genus of plant which has narrow leaves and multi-colored blossoms.
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