Laocoön[lā äk′ō än′]
a priest of Troy who, with his two sons, is destroyed by two huge sea serpents after he warns the Trojans against the wooden horse
Origin of LaocoönClassical Latin ; from Classical Greek Laokoōn
- (mythology) A Trojan priest of Poseidon (Apollo, depending on the auth), whose rules he had defied (whom he had otherwise offended), who tried to warn his fellow citizens against the Trojan horse. He was killed for this, along with his two sons, by giant snakes sent by Minerva (Poseidon, or Apollo).
- (mythology) An Argonaut, son of Porthaon.