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  1. the ancient Greek goddess of the earth, mother of the Titans.
Also Gai·a [gey-uh] /ˈgeɪ ə/.

Origin of Gaea

From the Greek word gaîa earth
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  • Gaia or Ge (the earth) had temples and altars in almost all the cities of Greece.

  • Gaia, or Earth, also bore the mountains, and Pontus or the barren Sea.

    Ten Great Religions

    James Freeman Clarke

  • The Earth, Gaia, became more and more important to the Hellenic mind.

    Ten Great Religions

    James Freeman Clarke

British Dictionary definitions for gaia


Gaea or Ge

  1. the goddess of the earth, who bore Uranus and by him Oceanus, Cronus, and the Titans

Word Origin

from Greek gaia earth


  1. Greek myth a variant of Gaia
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Word Origin and History for gaia


Earth as a goddess, from Greek Gaia, spouse of Uranus, mother of the Titans, personification of gaia "earth," as opposed to heaven, "land," as opposed to sea, "a land, country, soil," a collateral form of ge (Dorian ga) "earth," of unknown origin, perhaps pre-Indo-European. The Roman equivalent goddess of the earth was Tellus (see tellurian), sometimes used in English poetically or rhetorically for "Earth personified" or "the Earth as a planet."


see Gaia.

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gaia in Culture



also Gaia (GAY-uh)

The Greek goddess of the Earth and primal mother figure, who gave birth to the sky, the mountains, and the sea. She was also the mother of the giant Titans and the Cyclopes (see Cyclops).

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