The Syrian and Phoenician name of Adonis. His death happened on
the banks of the river Adonis, and in summer-time the waters always
become reddened with the hunter's blood. (See Ezekiel viii. 14.)
Thammuz came next behind,
Whose annual wound on Lebanon allured
The Syrian damsels to lament his fate
In amorous ditties all a summer's day,
While smooth Adonis from his native rock
Ran purple to the sea, supposed with blood
Of Thammuz yearly wounded.
Milton: Paradise Lost, bk, iii. 446-452.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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