(3 syl.). Venus, who sprang from the froth of the sea, after the mutilated body of Uranus (the sky) had been thrown there by Saturn.
So young Dione, nursed beneath the waves And rocked by Nereids in their coral caves ... Lisped her sweet tones, and tried her tender smiles.
Darwin: Economy of Vegatation, ii.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894