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[dan-ey-uh s]
noun Classical Mythology.
  1. a ruler of Argos who ordered his 50 daughters to kill their husbands on their wedding night.
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Historical Examples

  • The daughters of Danaus left off their task of drawing water in a sieve.

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  • Danaus had reason to fear his nephews, and fled with his daughters to Argos.

  • After his descendants had reigned for some generations, the throne was seized by Danaus.

  • And the sons of Aegyptus willed to take the daughters of Danaus in marriage.

  • After he was once got out of the reach and danger of his father in law king Danaus, he gaue knowledge thereof to Pausanias.

British Dictionary definitions for danaus


  1. Greek myth a king of Argos who told his fifty daughters, the Danaides, to kill their bridegrooms on their wedding night
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