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Eryx

Eryx is the name of a mythological figure in Greek mythology, the king of an ancient city eponymously named after him (or he after it). He was the son of the goddess Aphrodite and either Poseidon or Butes, one of the Argonauts who was saved by Aphrodite from the Sirens. Eryx was supposed to be an excellent boxer though he was killed in a match when the Greek hero Heracles beat him. The name comes from Ancient Greek ἐρύκω eruko/eryko meaning “to keep in check, to control; to hold back, restrain”, though it may also be possible that it’s related to Ancient Greekἐρεύγομαι ereúgomai (to spit out; to belch, disgorge; to discharge; to bellow, roar, shout) derived from  PIE root *h₁rewg- (to belch; to roar).

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

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Variants:

  • Erice (Italian)
  • Erix (English)

 

Female forms:

  • Eryxo (Ancient Greek)
  • Erycina (Ancient Greek)- an epithet of the goddess Venus/Aphrodite

 

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