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 world
Origin of OrpheusClassical Latin from Classical Greek
A Thracian poet and musician whose music had the power to move even inanimate objects and who almost succeeded in rescuing his wife Eurydice from Hades.
Origin of OrpheusLatin Orpheus from Greek; see orbh- in Indo-European roots.