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[pur-see-uh s, -syoos] /ˈpɜr si əs, -syus/
noun, genitive Persei
[pur-see-ahy] /ˈpɜr siˌaɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
Classical Mythology. a hero, the son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
Astronomy. a northern constellation between Cassiopeia and Taurus, containing the variable star Algol. Unabridged
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  • By birth, howbeit, he said (if rightly, I recall it) that the hero was descended from Perseus.

  • I exchange blows with Slashaway every time I board the Perseus.

    The Sky Trap Frank Belknap Long
  • The friends of Cepheus, however, and those who assisted Perseus, were saved from the same fate by a previous warning of Perseus.

  • The triumph of Aemilius over Perseus was performed in this manner.

  • Perseus blushed and stammered, while all the proud men round laughed, and some of them began jeering him openly.

    The Heroes Charles Kingsley
  • And then Akrisios was forced to own that he had fled from the hero, Perseus.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
British Dictionary definitions for Perseus


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


noun (Latin genitive) Persei (ˈpɜːsɪˌaɪ)
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
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.

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