morpheus

Part of speech: noun

Sleep; named from Morpheus, the Roman god of dreams.

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Usage examples "morpheus":

  1. In taking my turn round the enchanted circle, I discovered still, another Morpheus; stretched carelessly on a mantle, with poppies in his hands; but no wings grow from his temples, nor lion supports his head. - "Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents", William Beckford.
  2. The first time he was drawn, he wrote a friend, " Inclination having yielded to Importunity, I am now contrary to all expectation under the hands of Mr. Peale; but in so grave- so sullen a mood- and now and then under the influence of Morpheus, when some critical strokes are making, that I fancy the skill of this Gentleman's Pencil will be put to it, in describing to the World what manner of man I am." - "The True George Washington [10th Ed.]", Paul Leicester Ford.
  3. But the poor woman was shot walking by Morpheus, and subsided altogether; for dramatic performances, amusing and exciting to youth seated in the pit, convey a certain weariness to those bright beings who sparkle on the stage for bread and cheese. - "Peg Woffington", Charles Reade.