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Proserpina

[proh-sur-puh-nuh] /proʊˈsɜr pə nə/
noun
Also, Proserpine
[proh-sur-puh-nee] /proʊˈsɜr pə ni/ (Show IPA)
.

Persephone

[per-sef-uh-nee] /pərˈsɛf ə ni/
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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  • 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.

  • When proserpine was assured that she must be parted for a time from Pluto, she was inconsolable.

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

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • Ceres was the goddess of harvest, the mother of proserpine (Lamia, i. 63, note).

  • proserpine has sent these flowers down from Castrogiovanni by the morning train.

    Castellinaria Henry Festing Jones
  • And no wonder, for proserpine was the sunniest, happiest girl you could imagine.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • Nevertheless, Adiantum was specially dedicated to Pluto and to proserpine.

British Dictionary definitions for proserpine

Persephone

/pəˈsɛfənɪ/
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 it Roman counterpart Proserpina

Proserpina

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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