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For the plant genus, see Chloris . For the bird (sub)genus, see Carduelis#Greenfinches (and see also Parula).
[[image:ChlorisPrimavera.jpg|thumb|250px|right| "As she talks, her lips breathe spring roses:I was Chloris, who am now called Flora." Ovid]]There are many stories in Greek mythology about figures named Chloris ("Khloris" or χλωρις, from "Khloros" or χλωρος, meaning "greenish-yellow," "pale green," "pale," "pallid" or "fresh"). Some clearly refer to different characters; other stories may refer to the same Chloris, but disagree on details.

Chloris (Nymph)

Chloris was a Nymph associated with spring, flowers and new growth. Her Roman equivalent was the goddess Flora. She was abducted by (and later married) Zephyr, the god of the west wind.

Chloris (Meliboea)

Meliboea was one of Niobe and Amphion's fourteen children (the Niobids), and the only one (or one of two) spared when Artemis and Apollo killed the Niobids in retribution for Niobe's insult to their mother Leto, bragging that she had many children and Leto had only two. Meliboea was so frightened by the ordeal, she turned permanently pale, changing her name to Chloris ("pale one"). This Chloris is referred to in Homer's Odyssey (book 11, lines 281-296).

She was later to marry to Neleus and become queen in Pylosmarker. They had several sons including Nestor, Alastor and Chromius and a daughter Pero. Chloris also had a son, Poriclymenus while married to Neleus, though by some accounts Poriclymenus's father was Poseidon (who was himself Neleus's father). Poseidon gave Poriclymenus the ability to transform into any animal. Other children include Taurus, Asterius, Pylaon, Deimachus, Eurybius, Phrasius, Eurymenes, Evagoras and Epilaus.

Odysseus is said to have encountered Chloris on his journey to Hades (Homer's Odyssey, 11, 281).

Chloris (Mother of Mopsus)

Chloris married the seer Ampyx (son of Elatus), with whom she had a child Mopsus who also became a renowned seer and would later join the Argonauts.


The word Chloris is from the Greek Khloros meaning "greenish-yellow," "pale green," "pale," "pallid" or "fresh." Words in modern English derived from this root include:

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