Swiftness Allusions, Definition, Citation, Reference, Information - Allusion to Swiftness


  1. Acestes shoots an arrow with such force that it catches fire from friction with the air. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid V, 525]
  2. Al Borak horse who carried Muhammad from Mecca to Jerusalem overnight. [Muslim Tradition: Walsh Classical, 13–14]
  3. Argo swift, magic ship of the Argonauts. [Gk. Myth.: Avery, 145]
  4. Atalanta heroine; fleet of foot; defeated by trickery. [Gk. Myth.: Walsh Classical, 36–37; Br. Lit.: Atalanta]
  5. Bayard swiftest horse in the world. [Medieval and Renaissance Legend: Brewer Dictionary, 86]
  6. Camilla Volscian queen; could run over cornfield without bending blades. [Rom. Lit.: Aeneid]
  7. cheetah fastest four-footed animal alive; can reach 60 mph. [Zoology: Misc.]
  8. Cutty Sark clipper ship, built in 1869, broke speed records in the tea trade. [Br. Hist.: EB, (1963) V, 830]
  9. Hermes (Rom. Mercury) messenger god; ran on the wings of the wind. [Gk. Myth.: Zimmerman, 124]
  10. Jehu Israelite king noted for his rapid chariot driving. [O.T.: II Kings 9]
  11. Laelaps hound so swift, it always overtook its quarry. [Gk. Myth.: Howe, 149]
  12. Pacolet’s horse enchanted steed of unparalleled quickness. [Fr. Lit.: Valentine and Orson; LLEI, 1: 304]
  13. Pheidippides (fl. 490 B.C.) ran 26 miles to Athens to announce Greek victory over Persians at Marathon. [Gk. Legend: Zimmerman, 159]
  14. Road Runner foxy bird who continually zooms out of the coyote’s reach. [TV: “The Road Runner Show” in Terrace, 247]
  15. Superman superhero; faster than a speeding bullet. [Comics: Horn, 642; TV: “Adventures of Superman” in Terrace, I, 37–38]
  16. winged petasus Mercury’s cap; symbolic of speed. [Gk. and Rom. Myth.: 145]