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[sur-see] /ˈsɜr si/
Also, Kirke. Also called Aeaea. Classical Mythology. the enchantress represented by Homer as turning the companions of Odysseus into swine by means of a magic drink.
a dangerously or irresistibly fascinating woman.
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Circean, Circaean
[ser-see-uh n] /sərˈsi ən/ (Show IPA),
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(Greek myth) an enchantress who detained Odysseus on her island and turned his men into swine
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Circean (sɜːˈsɪən) adjective
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enchantress of the isle of Aea who transformed into swine those who drank from her cup ("Odyssey"), late 14c., from Latin Circe, from Greek Kirke. Related: Circean.

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Circe [(sur-see)]

In classical mythology, a powerful sorceress who turned people into swine. On the way home from Troy, the crew of Odysseus fell prey to her spells.

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