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  1. Also Gan·y·me·des [gan-uh-mee-deez] /ˌgæn əˈmi diz/. Classical Mythology. a Trojan youth who was abducted by Zeus and taken to Olympus, where he was made the cupbearer of the gods and became immortal.
  2. Astronomy. the largest moon of the planet Jupiter.
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Historical Examples of ganymede

  • They learned of the origin of the races that inhabited Europa and Ganymede.

    Astounding Stories of Super-Science, November, 1930


  • For, strangely enough, none of the metallic elements was to be found on Ganymede.

    Pirates of the Gorm

    Nat Schachner

  • Assisted by a couple of knaves, Ganymede went about attending to the rebel at once.

  • Ganymede was of a tenacious mettle, and of this he now afforded proof.

  • Then I was assured that the voice I heard was, indeed, the voice of my steward Ganymede.

British Dictionary definitions for ganymede


  1. classical myth a beautiful Trojan youth who was abducted by Zeus to Olympus and made the cupbearer of the gods
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  1. the brightest and largest of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter, and the largest in the solar system. Diameter: 5262 km; orbital radius: 1 070 000 km
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Word Origin and History for ganymede


Trojan youth whom Zeus made his cup-bearer, from Greek Ganymedes, literally "rejoicing in his virility," from ganymai "I rejoice, am glad" + medea (plural) "counsels, plans, cunning" (see Medea), but here taken by many to mean "genitals." Used figuratively of serving-boys (c.1600) and catamites (1590s).

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ganymede in Science


  1. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the seventh in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest satellite in the solar system.
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