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Jocasta

or Jocaste

[joh-kas-tuh] /dʒoʊˈkæs tə/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a queen of Thebes, the wife of Laius and the mother, later the wife, of Oedipus, by whom she bore Eteocles, Polynices, and Antigone: called Epicaste by Homer.
2.
a female given name.
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  • “It is long since the word of blessing has been given to Jocasta,” she said wistfully.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • One woman called Jocasta Perez is offered to me in trade with the guns.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • The fascinated eyes of Billie dwelt on Jocasta with endless wonder.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • “No, not for them, but for trade in the south,” said Jocasta promptly.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Jocasta regarded him as if waiting further speech, but none came.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • Jocasta––” There was a slight hesitation, and Rotil interrupted.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • “You will have the honor of conducting the Doña Jocasta Perez to breakfast,” he said.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • In her horror and grief at this discovery, Queen Jocasta killed herself.

    The Story of the Greeks

    H. A. Guerber
  • The fourth chorus defends the oracles from Jocasta's incredulity.

  • Evan reddened, for it brought the scene on board the Jocasta vividly to his mind.

    Evan Harrington, Complete George Meredith
British Dictionary definitions for Jocasta

Jocasta

/dʒəʊˈkæstə/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a queen of Thebes, the wife of Laius, who married Oedipus without either of them knowing he was her son
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