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1. A youth beloved by venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.

2. A preeminently beautiful young man; a dandy.

3. (Science: botany) a genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceae, containing the pheasaut's eye (adonis autumnalis); named from adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.

Origin: L, gr. Gr.