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[duh-ney-i-deez] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdiz/
plural noun, Classical Mythology.
the 50 daughters of Danaus, 49 of whom were condemned to pour water forever into a leaky vessel for having murdered their husbands.
Also, Danaidae
[duh-ney-i-dee] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdi/ (Show IPA),
[duh-ney-idz] /dəˈneɪ ɪdz/ (Show IPA)
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[dan-ee-id-ee-uh n, dan-ee-i-dee-uh n] /ˌdæn iˈɪd i ən, ˌdæn i ɪˈdi ən/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for danaid
Historical Examples
  • The danaid line ceased, when Perseus came to the throne, as he was descended on the fathers side from another source.

  • However, what do you say to calling on those danaid girls, and getting them to teach you their little industry?

    The Casual Ward A. D. Godley
  • A critical tub that has no bottom of its own is the very worst danaid's vessel in all the household gear of literature.

  • danaid (3 syl), Dan'aus had fifty daughters, called the Danaïds or Dana'ïdês.

  • Not only in colour but also in shape the swallow-tail bears a remarkable resemblance to the danaid.

    Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • The danaid is a low-country insect, while the Fritillary is not found until several thousand feet up.

    Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • This group differs somewhat in composition from the preceding in that it contains no Pierid and no danaid.

    Mimicry in Butterflies Reginald Crundall Punnett
British Dictionary definitions for danaid


plural noun (Greek myth) (sing) Danaid
the fifty daughters of Danaüs. All but Hypermnestra murdered their bridegrooms and were punished in Hades by having to pour water perpetually into a jar with a hole in the bottom
Derived Forms
Danaidean (ˌdænɪˈɪdɪən; ˌdænɪəˈdiːən) adjective
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in Greek mythology, one of the 50 daughters of Danaus, king of Argos, from Greek Danaides (plural). On command of their father, all (except Hypermnestra) killed their husbands and consequently were condemned to draw water perpetually in bottomless buckets.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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