- Also Proserpina, Proserpine. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Zeus and Demeter, abducted by Pluto to be queen of Hades, but allowed to return to the surface of the earth for part of the year.
- a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for persephone
Persephone snacked on pomegranate seeds in Hades and now our gas bills rocket in January.Run with the Devil Unlike the Girl in Kentucky
November 10, 2013
Pluto is god of the underworld whose wife Persephone sits frozen, entranced or asleep on her throne.The Stars Predict Your Week
Starsky + Cox
October 29, 2011
It is not difficult to discover the meaning of the myth of Demeter and Persephone.
She had given to Zeus a daughter, Persephone, before his marriage with Hera.
Persephone, who spends half her life in the grave—she could interpret it also.A Room With A View
E. M. Forster
Surely, Persephone, you must be able to give us some idea of the dead.Hypolympia
The most famous instance of this myth is that of Persephone.Studies on the Legend of the Holy Grail
- Greek myth a daughter of Zeus and Demeter, abducted by Hades and made his wife and queen of the underworld, but allowed part of each year to leave itRoman counterpart: Proserpina
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Word Origin and History for persephone
wife of Hades, queen of the netherworld, identified with Kore, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, from Greek Persephone (see person).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper