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[mi-nur-vuh] /mɪˈnɜr və/
the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.
a woman of great wisdom.
a female given name. Unabridged
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  • Diomede now thrust forward his lance, Minerva directing it, and adding her strength to give force to the blow.

    The Story of Troy Michael Clarke
  • In memory of this accident, Lycurgus built a temple to Minerva.

  • But go thou to the temple of Minerva the pillager, with victims, having assembled the matrons of distinction.

  • You an' the boss will pull along all right to Minerva Downs.

  • Achilles turned in amaze, and by the fire that flashed from her eyes at once knew that she was Minerva.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Mr. Lamington is sending up a parson from the Bay to Minerva Downs.

  • Then Minerva assumed the form and voice of Mentor, and presently made a covenant of peace between the two contending parties.

    The Odyssey Homer
British Dictionary definitions for Minerva


the Roman goddess of wisdom Greek counterpart Athena
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Minerva

ancient Roman goddess of arts, crafts, and sciences; wisdom, sense, and reflection (later identified with Greek Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from Latin Minerva, from Old Latin Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Cf. Sanskrit Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense." Related: Minerval.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Minerva in Culture

Minerva definition

The Roman name of Athena, the Greek and Roman goddess of wisdom.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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