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[proh-sur-puh-nuh] /proʊˈsɜr pə nə/
Also, Proserpine
[proh-sur-puh-nee] /proʊˈsɜr pə ni/ (Show IPA)
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • When their hearts had grown a little more quiet, Mother Ceres looked anxiously at Proserpina.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Proserpina was the Goddess of Death, and the queen of these lower abodes.

    Pyrrhus Jacob Abbott
  • "Yet you chose the role of Proserpina, knowing—" He broke off, a shiver of constraint in his voice.

    The Hill of Venus Nathan Gallizier
  • But Proserpina was so alarmed, that she wished for nothing but to get out of his reach.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • His voice was so gruff and deep, and sounded just like the rumbling Proserpina had heard underneath the earth.

  • "I don't care for golden palaces and thrones," sobbed Proserpina.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • And while she was busy in a field she thought she heard Proserpina's voice calling her.

  • "I will neither drink that nor anything else," said Proserpina.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • It was not long before Proserpina saw that she had reached the meadow in which she had gathered flowers.

  • As long as Proserpina was above ground, there might have been hopes of regaining her.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for Proserpina


the Roman goddess of the underworld Greek counterpart Persephone
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Proserpina

daughter of Ceres and wife of Pluto, Latin (or Etruscan) modification of Greek Persephone, perhaps influenced by Latin proserpere "to creep forth" on notion of the germination of plants.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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