From TTT @ frath.net
nix- or nīs|us, -ūs. (ˈni.zus) masc.
- Strain; effort; exertion.
Nīs|us, -ī. (ˈni.zus) masc.
- Nisos, a legendary king of Megara who had a lock of purple hair that rendered him invincible.
- Nisus, son of Hyrtacus, a character in the Aeneid who died avenging Euryalus, whom he loved.
- αʹ Ovid, Ars Amatoria 1.331-2:
| Fīlĭă | pūrpŭrĕ|ōs Nī|sō fū|rātă că|pīllōs
pūbĕ prĕ|mīt răbĭ|dōs || īnguĭnĭ|būsquĕ că|nēs.
|The daughter who stole the purple hair from Nisus now pushes down rabid dogs with her crotch and groin.|