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In Greek mythology, Iynx was an Arkadian Oreiad nymph; a daughter of Peitho and Pan, or of Echo. She cast a spell on Zeus which caused him to fall in love with Io. In consequence of this, Hera metamorphosed her into the bird called Iynx (Eurasian Wryneck, jynx torquilla).[1]

According to another story, she was a daughter of Pierus, and as she and her sisters had presumed to enter into a musical contest with the Muses, she was changed into the bird Iynx.[2] This bird, the symbol of passionate and restless love, was given by Aphrodite to Jason, who, by turning it round and pronouncing certain magic words, excited the love of Medeia.[3]

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  1. Schol. ad Theocrit. ii. 17, ad Pind. Pyth. iv. 380, Nem. iv. 56; Tzetzes ad Lycophron 310. (cited in Smith)
  2. Anton. lib. 9. (cited in Smith)
  3. Pind. Pyth. iv. 380, &c.; Tzetzes l. c. (cited in Smith)
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