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Terpsichore

[turp-sik-uh-ree] /tɜrpˈsɪk əˌri/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. the Muse of dancing and choral song.
2.
(lowercase) choreography; the art of dancing.
Origin of Terpsichore
< Latin Terpsichorē < Greek Terpsichórē, noun use of feminine of terpsíchoros dance-liking; see chorus
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  • The Terpsichore had only the boatswain and three seamen wounded.

  • He kept, as he was wont to phrase it gently himself, a temple of Terpsichore.

    Blood Royal Grant Allen
  • Mammon, not Terpsichore, is the genius to whom worship is paid.

    Romantic Spain John Augustus O'Shea
  • Well, there was Terpsichore—her disciples are spoken of every day in the newspapers.

    The Patient Observer

    Simeon Strunsky
  • Did you ever hear of any one in New Leeds who was named Terpsichore?

    Gordon Keith

    Thomas Nelson Page
  • Though he did not know it, Terpsichore had in her heart a feeling of hate which was relentless.

    Gordon Keith

    Thomas Nelson Page
  • Terpsichore was out on the street when the rumor of the accident reached her.

    Gordon Keith

    Thomas Nelson Page
  • If she can do that with the Proserpine, she'll at least do that with Mistress Terpsichore.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • It's the Terpsichore's number, sir; and the other ship has just made the Ringdove's.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Roller followed in the first cutter, which had been towed down by the Terpsichore.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for Terpsichore

Terpsichore

/tɜːpˈsɪkərɪ/
noun
1.
the Muse of the dance and of choral song
Word Origin
C18: via Latin from Greek, from terpsikhoros delighting in the dance, from terpein to delight + khoros dance; see chorus
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Word Origin and History for Terpsichore

the muse of the dance, Greek Terpsikhore, literally "enjoyment of dance," from terpein "to delight" (from PIE root *terp- "to satisfy;" cf. Sanskrit trpyati "takes one's fill," Lithuanian tarpstu "to thrive, prosper") + khoros "dance, chorus" (see chorus).

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