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Proserpina

[proh-sur-puh-nuh]
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noun
  1. Persephone.
Also Pro·ser·pi·ne [proh-sur-puh-nee] /proʊˈsɜr pə ni/.

Persephone

[per-sef-uh-nee]
noun
  1. 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.
  2. a female given name.
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Examples from the Web for proserpine

Historical Examples

  • It seemed to me that he was Pluto, the god of the infernal regions, and I was Proserpine.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • This hath beautiful Proserpine ordained to be borne to her for her proper gift.

  • Proserpine, who was almost inexperienced in society, was quite fascinated.

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • To the joy of Proserpine, apparently, she once more beheld the moon and stars.

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli

  • Proserpine shrieked, and the Queen of Hell awoke from her dream.

    The Infernal Marriage

    Benjamin Disraeli


British Dictionary definitions for proserpine

Persephone

noun
  1. 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

Proserpina

noun
  1. the Roman goddess of the underworldGreek counterpart: Persephone
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Word Origin and History for proserpine

Persephone

wife of Hades, queen of the netherworld, identified with Kore, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, from Greek Persephone (see person).

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.

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