E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Melicertes (4 syl.).
Son of Ino, a sea deity. Athamas imagined his wife to be a lioness, and her two sons to be lions cubs. In his frenzy he slew one of the boys, and drove the other (named Melicerts) with his mother into the sea. The mother became a sea-goddess, and the boy the god of harbours.