- the 50 daughters of Danaus, 49 of whom were condemned to pour water forever into a leaky vessel for having murdered their husbands.
Examples from the Web for danaid
The Danaid line ceased, when Perseus came to the throne, as he was descended on the fathers side from another source.Studies on Homer and the Homeric Age, Vol. 1 of 3
W. E. Gladstone
However, what do you say to calling on those Danaid girls, and getting them to teach you their little industry?The Casual Ward
A. D. Godley
A critical tub that has no bottom of its own is the very worst Danaid's vessel in all the household gear of literature.A History of the French Novel, Vol. 2
Danaid (3 syl), Dan'aus had fifty daughters, called the Danaïds or Dana'ïdês.Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1
The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D.
Not only in colour but also in shape the swallow-tail bears a remarkable resemblance to the Danaid.Mimicry in Butterflies
Reginald Crundall Punnett
- the fifty daughters of Danaüs. All but Hypermnestra murdered their bridegrooms and were punished in Hades by having to pour water perpetually into a jar with a hole in the bottom
Word Origin and History for danaid
in Greek mythology, one of the 50 daughters of Danaus, king of Argos, from Greek Danaides (plural). On command of their father, all (except Hypermnestra) killed their husbands and consequently were condemned to draw water perpetually in bottomless buckets.