One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Of or belonging to the mythical figure Adonis; resembling or characteristic of Adonis.
Mid 17th century; earliest use found in Robert Baron (bap. 1630, d. 1658), poet and playwright. From classical Latin Adōnēus of or named after Adonis (from Byzantine Greek Ἀδώνειος (although this is apparently first attested later) from Ἀδώνις + -ειος, suffix forming adjectives) + -an.
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