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abominable snowman Tweet Definition of abominable snowman Like Definition of abominable snowman on Facebook
  1. (cryptozoology) A manlike or apelike animal said to exist in the Himalayas.
Acheron Tweet Definition of Acheron Like Definition of Acheron on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (mythology) A river in the Nether World or infernal regions; also, the infernal regions themselves. By some of the English poets it was supposed to be a flaming lake or gulf.
    • And pull her out of by the heels - Shakespeare, Titus Andronicus, IV-iii
Achilles Tweet Definition of Achilles Like Definition of Achilles on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Greek mythology son of Peleus and Thetis, prince and leader of the Myrmidons; great warrior of the Achaean (Greek) camp, killed in the Trojan War; central character of the w:Iliad, Iliad.
actor Tweet Definition of actor Like Definition of actor on Facebook
noun (wikipedia, actor, actor (player))
  1. a person who performs in a theatrical play or film
  2. one who acts; a doer
  3. one who takes part in a situation
  4. An advocate or proctor in civil courts or causes.
  5. One who institutes a suit; plaintiff or complainant.
  6. (policy debate) One who enacts a certain policy action.
  7. (software engineering) The entity that performs a role (in use case analysis).
Adonis Tweet Definition of Adonis Like Definition of Adonis on Facebook
noun ((plural) Adonises)
  1. A beautiful man.
  2. A male given name
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) '�δ�νι� ('Adonis): A beautiful young man loved by Aphrodite.
aegis Tweet Definition of aegis Like Definition of aegis on Facebook
noun (aegises, pl2=aegides)
  1. A mythological shield associated with Zeus and Athena shown as a short cloak consisting of a goatskin. The aegis of Athena is usually shown with a border of snakes and with the head of Medusa in the center. The aegis is more an emblem of protection and power than an actual military shield.
  2. Protection, guidance. Usually used as "under the aegis" because of its origin as protection of the shield of Athena.
aesculapian Tweet Definition of aesculapian Like Definition of aesculapian on Facebook
adjective Aesculapian
  1. Of or belonging to Aesculapius, the Greco-Roman god of medicine, or the healing art.
aesir Tweet Definition of aesir Like Definition of aesir on Facebook
noun Aesir
  1. The chief gods of pagan Scandinavia.
aether Tweet Definition of aether Like Definition of aether on Facebook
  1. (context, poetic, _, or, _, literary) The sky or heavens; the upper air.
  2. (context, ancient philosophy) A classical physical element, considered as prevalent in the heavens and inaccessible to humans.
    • 2002, Philip Ball, The Elements: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford 2004, p. 10
    • :There is thus a fifth classical element, which Aristotle called the . But it is inaccessible to earthly beings, and so plays no part in the constitution of mundane matter.
      1. (context, physics, archaic) An elastic substance once thought to fill all space, and to allow for the transmission of light.
      2. (chemistry) A volatile liquid, C4H10O, formed from the addition of sulphuric acid to alcohol (now only spelled ether).
Agamemnon Tweet Definition of Agamemnon Like Definition of Agamemnon on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (context, Greek mythology) One of the most distinguished heroes of Greek mythology. He is the son of King Atreus of Mycenae and Queen Aerope, and brother of Menelaus. He is attributed with rallying the Greeks for the w:Trojan War, Trojan War
Aglaia Tweet Definition of Aglaia Like Definition of Aglaia on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female)
Ajax Tweet Definition of Ajax Like Definition of Ajax on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Ajax the Lesser)
  1. (in Greek mythology) either of two heroes of the Trojan war
  2. (computing) a Web development technique for creating interactive web applications
    • February 2005: Jesse James Garrett, Ajax: A New Approach to Web Applications—An Ajax application eliminates the start-stop-start-stop nature of interaction on the Web by....
      1. (context, poker slang) An ace and a jack as a starting hand in Texas hold 'em
Albion Tweet Definition of Albion Like Definition of Albion on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The ancient name for England (or sometimes, the British Isles), now only used poetically.
  2. Any of several small towns in the United States.
Alcides Tweet Definition of Alcides Like Definition of Alcides on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (archaic) Hercules.
Alcmene Tweet Definition of Alcmene Like Definition of Alcmene on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. In w:Greek mythology, Greek mythology, the mother of Heracles.
Alcyone Tweet Definition of Alcyone Like Definition of Alcyone on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (greekmyth) One of the Pleiades; daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx. When her husband died in a shipwreck, Alcyone threw herself into the sea whereupon the gods transformed them both into halcyon birds (kingfishers). When Alcyone made her nest on the beach, waves threatened to destroy it. Aeolus restrained his winds and made the waves be calm during seven days in each year, so she could lay her eggs. These became known as the "halcyon days", when storms never occur.
Alexandra Tweet Definition of Alexandra Like Definition of Alexandra on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (given name, female).
Amata Tweet Definition of Amata Like Definition of Amata on Facebook
proper noun (plural: Amatas)
  1. (given name, female, from Latin, )
Amazon Tweet Definition of Amazon Like Definition of Amazon on Facebook
noun amazon
  1. Any of the large parrots from the genus Amazona.
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) a member of a mythical race of female warriors inhabiting the Black Sea area
  2. a female warrior
  1. relating to the area around the Amazon River in South America (e.g., the Amazon Basin, the Amazon Rainforest); or referring to the river itself, The Amazon
Ambrosia Tweet Definition of Ambrosia Like Definition of Ambrosia on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. A brand of tinned milk puddings, especially a creamed rice pudding
Ammon Tweet Definition of Ammon Like Definition of Ammon on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. An ancient people of Israel
Amor Tweet Definition of Amor Like Definition of Amor on Facebook
noun (eng-noun)
  1. (astronomy) An asteroid that orbits between the orbits of Earth and Mars
Andromeda Tweet Definition of Andromeda Like Definition of Andromeda on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (greekmyth): Daughter of Cepheus and Cassiopeia, king and queen of Eritrea, rescued from her sacrifice to a sea monster by Perseus who married her; mother of Perseus, ancient king of Persia.
  2. (constellation): An autumn constellation of the northern sky representing the "Chained Lady" Andromeda from Greek myth. The constellation lies between Pisces and Cassiopeia.
  3. (astronomy): The nearest spiral galaxy to the Milky Way; M31.
Aphrodite Tweet Definition of Aphrodite Like Definition of Aphrodite on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) : The goddess of beauty and love,<ref>Webster's College Dictionary, Random House, 2001</ref> born when Cronus castrated Uranus and threw his genitalia into the sea.<ref>Oxford Dictionary of World Mythology, Arthur Cotterell, Oxford University Press, 1986</ref>
Apollo Tweet Definition of Apollo Like Definition of Apollo on Facebook
noun (eng-noun)
  1. (astronomy) An asteroid possessing an orbit that crosses the orbit of the Earth and an orbital period of over one year, with semimajor axis, semimajor axes greater than 1 AU, and perihelion distances less than 1.017 AU.
proper noun 
  1. (Greek, Roman mythology): The son of Zeus and Leto (or Jupiter and Latona), and the twin brother of Artemis (or Diana).<ref>Oxford Dictionary of World Mythology, Arthur Cotterell, Oxford University Press, 1986</ref> He was the god of light, music, medicine, and poetry;<ref name="Webster's c 2001">Webster's College Dictionary, Random House, 2001</ref> and prophecy, dance, manly beauty, and more.
  2. A very handsome young man.<ref name="Webster's c 2001"/>
  3. Space, U.S. A three-man spacecraft designed to travel to and land on the moon.
  4. A town in Pennsylvania, USA.
  5. A butterfly (Parnassius apollo, a large swallowtail with black and red spots on white wings).
Apollonian Tweet Definition of Apollonian Like Definition of Apollonian on Facebook
  1. of or relating to the Greek god W:Apollo, Apollo
apple of discord Tweet Definition of apple of discord Like Definition of apple of discord on Facebook
  1. An object which sows dissention and anger.
Arachne Tweet Definition of Arachne Like Definition of Arachne on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (greekmyth): A woman famous for her skill at weaving. She was changed into a spider by the goddess Athena.
  2. A web browser
Ares Tweet Definition of Ares Like Definition of Ares on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) The god of war, son of Zeus and Hera, brother Hephaestus, sister Eris, who is his companion. Attended by his sons, (to Aphrodite), Deimos and Phobos, and old war-goddess Enyo.
Argo Tweet Definition of Argo Like Definition of Argo on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Argo)
  1. (greekmyth): The ship in which Jason and the Argonauts sailed on their quest for the Golden Fleece.
Argonaut Tweet Definition of Argonaut Like Definition of Argonaut on Facebook
proper noun (wikipedia, Argonauts)
  1. (Greek Mythology) One of the members of the Argo who sailed with Jason in search of the Golden Fleece.
  2. Any of several ships and submarines of the British and US navies.
  3. Team name for the Toronto, Ontario franchise of the Canadian Football League (CFL)
Argus Tweet Definition of Argus Like Definition of Argus on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (greekmyth) A fabulous being of antiquity, said to have had a hundred eyes. His eyes were transplanted to the peacock"s tail. He was a servant of the greek goddess Hera.
aria Tweet Definition of aria Like Definition of aria on Facebook
noun (plural: arias or arie)
  1. A musical piece written typically for a solo voice with orchestral accompaniment in an opera or cantata.
Ariadne Tweet Definition of Ariadne Like Definition of Ariadne on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. In Greek mythology, the daughter of King Minos of Crete and his queen, Pasiphae
Artemis Tweet Definition of Artemis Like Definition of Artemis on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (greek mythology) The daughter of Leto and Zeus, and twin sister of Apollo. The goddess of the hunt, wild animals, and wilderness,<ref>Oxford Dictionary of World Mythology, Arthur Cotterell, Oxford University Press, 1986</ref> and healing, chastity, and childbirth.
Arthurian Tweet Definition of Arthurian Like Definition of Arthurian on Facebook
  1. Of or pertaining to the legend of Arthur, king of the Britons and his court at Camelot.
Asclepius Tweet Definition of Asclepius Like Definition of Asclepius on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Greek god of medicine and healing.
Asgard Tweet Definition of Asgard Like Definition of Asgard on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The realm of the í�sir gods in Norse mythology.
Ask Tweet Definition of Ask Like Definition of Ask on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. The first male human, according to the w:Poetic Edda, Poetic Edda.
ate Tweet Definition of ate Like Definition of ate on Facebook
  1. (simple past of, eat)
Athena Tweet Definition of Athena Like Definition of Athena on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (italbrac-colon, Greek mythology) The goddess of wisdom, especially strategic warfare, the arts, and especially crafts, in particular, weaving; daughter of Zeus and Hera
Atropos Tweet Definition of Atropos Like Definition of Atropos on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. (Greek mythology) One of the three Fates, or Moirae, daughter of Zeus and Themis; the cutter of the thread of life
aura Tweet Definition of aura Like Definition of aura on Facebook
noun (auras, pl2=aurae)
  1. The distinctive atmosphere or quality associated with someone or something.
  2. An invisible force surrounding a living creature.
  3. An inner or special power/energy mentioned of in graphic novels (manga) Ex: In the Manga/Anime series Yu Yu Hakusho, the amount of power someone has is measured by their Aura
  4. The perceptual disturbance experienced by some migraine sufferers before a migraine headache.
  5. The telltale sensation experienced by some people with epilepsy before a seizure.
Aurora Tweet Definition of Aurora Like Definition of Aurora on Facebook
proper noun 
  1. Roman goddess of the dawn

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