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[dahy-uh-skyoo r-ahy]
plural noun Classical Mythology.
  1. Castor and Pollux, the twin sons of Zeus and Leda.
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Historical Examples

  • At length in despair Cleinias and Socrates turn to the 'Dioscuri' and request their aid.



  • Of whom are Heracles and the Dioscuri, and there are others also named.

  • The Apharetidae are best known for their fight with the Dioscuri.

  • Like her brothers, the Dioscuri, she was a patron deity of sailors.

  • Two theatres (p. 82) and a Temple of the Dioscuri are better established.

British Dictionary definitions for dioscuri


pl n
  1. the Greek name for Castor and Pollux, when considered together
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Word Origin and History for dioscuri



from Greek Dioskouroi, literally "Zeus' boys," from Dios, genitive of Zeus (see Zeus) + kouroi, plural of kouros "boy, son" (see crescent).

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