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Cadmus

Line breaks: Cad¦mus
Pronunciation: /ˈkadməs
 
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Greek Mythology

Definition of Cadmus in English:

The brother of Europa and traditional founder of Thebes in Boeotia. He killed a dragon which guarded a spring, and when (on Athene’s advice) he sowed the dragon’s teeth a harvest of armed men came up; he disposed of the majority by setting them to fight one another, and the survivors formed the ancestors of the Theban nobility.

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