Pronunciation: (lī'nus),[key] —n. 1. Class. Myth. a. a musician and poet, the inventor of melody and rhythm, of whom various stories are told: often identified, through his untimely death, with the harvesting or withering of crops and vegetation.
b. Also called Li'nus song". a dirge: originally sung in western Asia to mourn the death of crops being harvested, later sung to mourn the death of Linus or that of Adonis.
2. a male given name.
Pronunciation: (lī'nus),[key] —n. Saint, died a.d. 76?, pope 67?–76?.