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Perseus

[pur-see-uh s, -syoos] /ˈpɜr si əs, -syus/
noun, genitive Persei
[pur-see-ahy] /ˈpɜr siˌaɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
1.
Classical Mythology. a hero, the son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
2.
Astronomy. a northern constellation between Cassiopeia and Taurus, containing the variable star Algol.
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  • Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In fact, the stick seemed to be alive in his hand, and to lend some of its life to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "I told you she would be the first to discover them," said Quicksilver to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Finally, our brave Perseus arrived at the island, where he expected to see his dear mother.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In Hartland's "Legend of Perseus" a collection of variants of this story will be found.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • However, every man aboard the Perseus would agree on some things.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Perseus

Perseus1

/ˈpɜːsɪəs/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a son of Zeus and Danaë, who with Athena's help slew the Gorgon Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster

Perseus2

/ˈpɜːsɪəs/
noun (Latin genitive) Persei (ˈpɜːsɪˌaɪ)
1.
a conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way. It contains the eclipsing binary, Algol, and a rich cluster of galaxies
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Word Origin and History for Perseus

son of Zeus and Danaë, slayer of Medusa, from Greek Perseus, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Perseus in Science
Perseus
  (pûr'sē-əs)   
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.
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Perseus in Culture
Perseus [(pur-see-uhs, pur-syoohs)]

A hero of classical mythology who killed the Gorgon Medusa. The god Hermes and goddess Athena helped him in this brave deed by giving him winged shoes, a magical sword, and a polished shield. With the help of these, he swooped down on Medusa from the air, used the shield as a mirror, and cut off her head without looking at it directly — for anyone who looked at a Gorgon turned to stone.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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