(2 syl.). A blind king of Thrace, who had the gift of prophecy. Whenever he wanted to eat, the Harpies came and took away or defiled his food.
Blind Thamyris, and blind Moeonides, And Tiresias, and Phineus, prophets old.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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