from Latin Curetes, from Greek Kouretes, plural of Koures, literally "youthful," related to koros "youth, child."
But the hero from whom the curetes obtained their name is not mentioned.
Like the curetes and Telchines they are mythical types of prehistoric workmen and architects, and as such the objects of worship.
Again, on the other hand, the curetes have been mistaken for an Ætolian people, bearing the same name.
On this the goddess set the curetes and the Aetolians fighting furiously about the head and skin of the boar.
Their names and number were as indistinct even to the ancients as those of the curetes and Idaean Dactyli.
The myths relating to the curetes abound with different statements and confusion.
The curetes belong to the most ancient times of Greece, and probably are to be counted among the first inhabitants of Phrygia.
The body of curetes celebrate their Symposia at the same time, and perform certain mystic sacrifices.
According to others, the curetes were the same as the Corybantes, and were ministers of Hecate.
But he was slain by the hands and arrows of Apollo 1764, while he was fighting with the curetes for pleasant Calydon.