[ duh-ney-i-deez ]
/ dəˈneɪ ɪˌdiz /

plural noun Classical Mythology.

the 50 daughters of Danaus, 49 of whom were condemned to pour water forever into a leaky vessel for having murdered their husbands.

Also Da·na·i·dae [duh-ney-i-dee] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdi/, Da·na·ids [duh-ney-idz] /dəˈneɪ ɪdz/.

Related formsDan·a·id·e·an [dan-ee-id-ee-uh n, dan-ee-i-dee-uh n] /ˌdæn iˈɪd i ən, ˌdæn i ɪˈdi ən/, adjective

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/ (dəˈneɪɪˌdiːz) /

pl n singular Danaid Greek myth

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
Derived FormsDanaidean (ˌdænɪˈɪdɪən, ˌdænɪəˈdiːən), adjective

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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.

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