Class. Legend a Phoenician prince and founder of Thebes: he kills a dragon and sows its teeth, from which many armed men rise, fighting each other, until only five are left to help him build the city
Origin of CadmusClassical Greek Kadmos
A Phoenician prince who killed a dragon and sowed its teeth, from which sprang up an army of men who fought one another until only five survived. With these five men Cadmus founded the city of Thebes.
Origin of CadmusGreek Kadmos, of Phoenician origin; see qdm in Semitic roots.
Via Latin Cadmūs, from Ancient Greek Κάδμος (Kadmos).