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Proserpina

[proh-sur-puh-nuh] /proʊˈsɜr pə nə/
noun
Also, Proserpine
[proh-sur-puh-nee] /proʊˈsɜr pə ni/ (Show IPA)
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  • But Proserpina was so alarmed, that she wished for nothing but to get out of his reach.

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

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "Pray do not be foolish, Proserpina," said he, in rather a sullen tone.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "I will neither drink that nor anything else," said Proserpina.

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

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Before Proserpina knew what she was about, her teeth had actually bitten it, of their own accord.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • At the first noise of their entrance, Proserpina withdrew the pomegranate from her mouth.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • And Proserpina came running, and flung herself upon her mother's bosom.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Only Echo marked their cry of "Proserpina, oh, Proserpina, come back!"

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • That day she laid aside her regal robes and began her search for Proserpina.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
British Dictionary definitions for Proserpina

Proserpina

/prəʊˈsɜːpɪnə/
noun
1.
the Roman goddess of the underworld Greek counterpart Persephone
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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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