(Hebrew, dag On, the fish On). The idol of the
Philistines; half woman and half fish. (See Atergata.)
Dagon his name; sea-monster, upward man
And downward fish; yet had his temple high
Rear'd in Azotus dreaded through the coast
Of Palestine, in Gath and Ascalon,
And Accaron and Gaza's frontier bounds.
Milton: Paradise Lost, book i. 402.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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