- 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.
- a female given name.
Examples from the Web for proserpine
It seemed to me that he was Pluto, the god of the infernal regions, and I was Proserpine.My Double Life
This hath beautiful Proserpine ordained to be borne to her for her proper gift.The Aeneid of Virgil
Proserpine, who was almost inexperienced in society, was quite fascinated.
To the joy of Proserpine, apparently, she once more beheld the moon and stars.
Proserpine shrieked, and the Queen of Hell awoke from her dream.
- 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
- the Roman goddess of the underworldGreek counterpart: Persephone
Word Origin and History for proserpine
wife of Hades, queen of the netherworld, identified with Kore, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, from Greek Persephone (see person).
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.