• Used to refer to poetic or literary inspiration.

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Example Sentences

“Charles often wrote poetry in the morning, using the early light as his hippocrene.”

“Full of hippocrene, Vanessa sat down to write the first chapter of her new novel.”

“I never know where my hippocrene will come from, but I have to seize inspiration when it strikes.”

Word Origin

Greek, early 17th century

Why this word?

“Hippocrene” came directly into English from the Greek “Hippokrēnē,” referring to the legend of Pegasus’ hoof opening a fountain spring on Mount Helicon, which was sacred to Greek muses. Because “hippos” means “horse” and “krēnē” means “fountain,” the literal translation of “Hippokrēnē” is “fountain of the horse.” Most uses of the adjective “hippocrene” treat it as a sort of poetic inspiration that can be drunk like water from a spring.

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