- Orpheus [ôr′fē əs, ôr′fyo͞os΄]n.[L < Gr]Gr. Myth. a poet-musician with magic musical powers who descends to the underworld and tries to lead his wife, Eurydice, back from the dead but fails because he breaks the injunction not to look back at her until they reach the upper worldOrphean [ôrfē ən]adj.
English World dictionary. V. Neufeldt. 2014.