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paladin Tweet Definition of paladin Like Definition of paladin on Facebook
noun
  1. A heroic champion (especially a knightly one).
  2. A defender or advocate of a noble cause.
  3. Any of the 12 Companions of the court of Emperor Charlemagne.
Pallas Tweet Definition of Pallas Like Definition of Pallas on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) Several people in Greek mythology:
  1. An epithet for Athena; later Pallas Athena.
  2. One of the Titans.
  3. The father of Pallas Athena.
  4. A goatish giant.
    1. (astronomy) The second largest asteroid.
    2. (given name, female, , ) of mythological origin.
Panacea Tweet Definition of Panacea Like Definition of Panacea on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Daughter of Asclepius and Salus (or Epione). She was the personification of healing through herbs.
pax Tweet Definition of pax Like Definition of pax on Facebook
noun
  1. (informal) passenger or passengers
Pegasus Tweet Definition of Pegasus Like Definition of Pegasus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) A winged horse fabled to have sprung from the body of Medusa when she was slain. He is noted for causing, with a blow of his hoof, Hippocrene, the inspiring fountain of the Muses, to spring from Mount Helicon. Bellerophon rode Pegasus when he defeated the Chimaera.
  2. (constellation) An autumn constellation of the northern sky, near the vernal equinoctial point, said to resemble the mythical horse. Its three brightest stars, with the brightest star of Andromeda, form the square of Pegasus. It contains the stars Markab and Algenib.
Peleus Tweet Definition of Peleus Like Definition of Peleus on Facebook
noun
  1. A Greek myth
Penelope Tweet Definition of Penelope Like Definition of Penelope on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Wife of Odysseus in Greek mythology.
  2. (given name, female) of mainly British usage.
Percival Tweet Definition of Percival Like Definition of Percival on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A male given name from Welsh and Arthurian mythology
Persephone Tweet Definition of Persephone Like Definition of Persephone on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) Daughter of Zeus and Demeter, wife of Hades. After being abducted by Hades, she lives in the Underworld for six months and with Demeter for the rest of the year.
  2. (given name, female, from Greek, ) a female given name.
Perseus Tweet Definition of Perseus Like Definition of Perseus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) The mythological Greek warrior who slew the Gorgon Medusa by decapitate, decapitating her. He married Andromeda after rescuing her from Ceto and founded Mycenae. He was the son of Jupiter and Danae.
  2. (constellation) An autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the mythical hero. It includes the stars Algenib and Algol.
  3. The last Antigonid king of Macedonia, Perseus of Macedon.
phantasm Tweet Definition of phantasm Like Definition of phantasm on Facebook
noun (pluralphantasms, also phantsmapluralphantasmata)
  1. Something seen but having no physical reality; a phantom or apparition
Phantom Tweet Definition of Phantom Like Definition of Phantom on Facebook
proper noun
  1. Nickname of the F-4B jet fighter flown by Marines in Vietnam
  2. The comic w:The Phantom, The Phantom, and the character in it by the same name
Phobos Tweet Definition of Phobos Like Definition of Phobos on Facebook
proper noun
  1. The innermost natural satellite of Mars.
Phoebe Tweet Definition of Phoebe Like Definition of Phoebe on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (given name, female, from Greek, ): A female given name
  2. (greekmyth): A Titan, the daughter of Uranus and Gaia. She became associated with Artemis, goddess of the moon.
  3. (astronomy): The 14th moon of Saturn
Phoenix Tweet Definition of Phoenix Like Definition of Phoenix on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (mythology) A mythical firebird; especially the sacred one from ancient Egyptian mythology
  2. (constellation) A spring constellation of the southern sky, said to resemble the mythical bird. It lies north of Tucana.
  3. (greekmyth) A character in the Iliad and father of Adonis in Greek mythology or a different character in Greek mythology, brother of Europa and Cadmus
  4. The capital city of Arizona, United States.
  5. A nickname sometimes used for Japan after World War II.
Pleiad Tweet Definition of Pleiad Like Definition of Pleiad on Facebook
proper noun
  1. any one of the Pleiades
  2. a group of 16th century French poets who sought to enrich the French language
Pleiades Tweet Definition of Pleiades Like Definition of Pleiades on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth): The "seven sisters", companions of Artemis and daughters of the Titan Atlas and the sea-nymph Pleione.
  2. (astronomy): An open cluster of hot blue stars in the constellation Taurus, and the most easily visible such cluster from Earth.
Pluto Tweet Definition of Pluto Like Definition of Pluto on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (context, Greek mythology, Roman mythology) Greek and Roman god of the underworld.
  2. Originally known as the ninth planet but reclassified in 2006 as a dwarf planet, the brightest and first known Kuiper belt object, represented by the symbol (unicode, ♇) in astronomy and in astrology.
Pollux Tweet Definition of Pollux Like Definition of Pollux on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth): One of the Dioscuri, son of Tyndarus and Leda, brother of Castor.
  2. (star): A star in the constellation Gemini; beta (β) Geminorum.
poltergeist Tweet Definition of poltergeist Like Definition of poltergeist on Facebook
noun (s, pl2=poltergeister)
  1. A ghost which makes noises and causes disruption.
Polyhymnia Tweet Definition of Polyhymnia Like Definition of Polyhymnia on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The Muse of sacred music.
Polyphemus Tweet Definition of Polyphemus Like Definition of Polyphemus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. A cyclops in Greek mythology.
pooka Tweet Definition of pooka Like Definition of pooka on Facebook
noun
  1. A fairy that appears in animal form, often large. It appears only to some people.
The had befriended the kindly old man.
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Poseidon Tweet Definition of Poseidon Like Definition of Poseidon on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (greekmyth) The god of the sea and other waters, earthquakes and horses.
priapic Tweet Definition of priapic Like Definition of priapic on Facebook
adjective
  1. phallic
  2. masculine or excessively concerned with masculinity
Priapus Tweet Definition of Priapus Like Definition of Priapus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) The god of procreation, and guardian of gardens and vineyards; personification of the phallus
procrustean Tweet Definition of procrustean Like Definition of procrustean on Facebook
adjective (wikipedia, Procrustes)
  1. producing or designed to produce strict conformity by ruthless or arbitrary means
  2. marked by arbitrary often ruthless disregard of individual differences or special circumstances
promethean Tweet Definition of promethean Like Definition of promethean on Facebook
nounPromethean
  1. one who acts in a Promethean manner
adjectivePromethean
  1. of or pertaining to Prometheus
  2. daringly original; boldly inventive or creative
  3. of a Romantic literary hero: one who is a rebel against a larger order, one who defies traditional moral categories, persecuted but dauntless
protean Tweet Definition of protean Like Definition of protean on Facebook
adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to Proteus; characteristic of Proteus.
  2. Exceedingly variable; readily assuming different shapes or forms.
    An amoeba is a animalcule.
    • w:William A. Henry III, William A. Henry III:
    • : He loved to show off his talent.
Proteus Tweet Definition of Proteus Like Definition of Proteus on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (Greek mythology) A sea god who could change his shape at will.
  2. (astronomy) The sixth satellite of the planet Neptune
Psyche Tweet Definition of Psyche Like Definition of Psyche on Facebook
noun
  1. In psychology and related fields, the psyche is the entirety of the non-physical aspects of a person
  2. Psychidae, or Bagworms, a family of Lepidoptera
proper noun
  1. 16 Psyche, an asteroid
  2. A Gothic band
  3. An album by British band Ant and Dec
  4. A code name for Red Hat Linux 8.0
  5. (Greek and Roman mythology) name of a girl loved by Cupid (or Eros)
  6. In late Greek art and literature, a goddess who is the personification of the soul; she is primarily known for her role in the story of Cupid and Psyche, best attested in Apuleius' novel The Golden Ass
puck Tweet Definition of puck Like Definition of puck on Facebook
noun
  1. The disc/disk used in ice hockey and floor hockey.
pygmalion Tweet Definition of pygmalion Like Definition of pygmalion on Facebook
noun
  1. One who acts as the legendary Greek sculptor Pygmalion (who was granted the wish of having life given to a sculpture of his which he loved a great deal), as in George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion in which he sometimes refers to his main character (Henry Higgins) as Pygmalion Higgins.
adjective
  1. Bloody (only in 'not pygmalion likely'), from the sensational, and then scandalous, line 'not bloody likely' in George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion.
Python Tweet Definition of Python Like Definition of Python on Facebook
proper noun
  1. (computing) A programming language invented by Guido van Rossum.
  2. (informal) The British comedy troupe w:Monty Python, Monty Python.
  3. A member of Monty Python: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones or Michael Palin; referred to collectively as The Pythons.
John Cleese is perhaps the best-known of the Pythons.

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