The ancient Greek word aithôn means `burning`, `blazing` or `shining.` Less strictly, it can denote the colour red-brown, or `tawny.` It is an epithet sometimes applied to animals such as horses at Hom. Il. 2.839 ; oxen at Od.18.372; and an eagle at Il. 15.690 (cf. Hyginus` calling the eagle that tormented Prometheus an aethonem aquilam ...
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