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[dan-uh-ee] /ˈdæn əˌi/
noun, Classical Mythology.
a daughter of the king of Argos and mother, by Zeus disguised as a shower of gold, of Perseus.
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[dan-ee-uh n] /ˈdæn i ən/ (Show IPA),
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  • So once more the white sails were filled with the eastern breeze, and danae saw once more the Argive land.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • That is to say that the Jupiter of danae changed himself into a shower of gold for her.

    Ten Years Later Alexandre Dumas, Pere
  • Se-ri´phus.Island where danae and Perseus were cast ashore, 242, 249.

    Myths of Greece and Rome H. A. Guerber
  • But I do know that Rita herself was not a danae, never, not at any time of her life.

    The Arrow of Gold Joseph Conrad
  • Now he was sure that he could never get back danae as long as Perseus was in the island; so he made a plot to rid himself of him.

    The Heroes Charles Kingsley
  • He found Claude there alone, gazing mournfully at his danae that he could not finish.

    Odette's Marriage Albert Delpit
  • He then proceeds to elucidate the story of danae as signifying that women have been and will be overcome by money.

  • danae, by Correggio (notice the cupids sharpening an arrow); 48.

    Rambles in Rome S. Russell Forbes
  • Perseus was the son of danae, who was the daughter of a king.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But he remembered other circumstances connected with danae's history, and was silent.

    The Golden Butterfly Walter Besant
British Dictionary definitions for danae


(Greek myth) the mother of Perseus by Zeus, who came to her in prison as a shower of gold
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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