noun, plural me·du·sas, me·du·sae [muh-doo-see, -zee, -dyoo-]. /məˈdu si, -zi, -ˈdyu-/. Zoology.
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Origin of medusa
OTHER WORDS FROM medusame·du·soid [muh-doo-soid, -dyoo-], /məˈdu sɔɪd, -ˈdyu-/, adjective
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Definition for medusa (2 of 2)
noun, plural Me·du·sas.Classical Mythology.
Origin of Medusa
Example sentences from the Web for medusa
In Greek mythology, the Gorgon Medusa had the face of a woman and poisonous snakes for hair; her glance could turn men to stone.
Medusa-emblazoned harnesses, stylish rock concert tees, and blaring rap music.
Editor's note: An earlier version of this article confused the monster Hydra with Medusa.A Manifesto for Disorder: Nassim Nicholas Taleb’s ‘Antifragile’ Reviewed|Robert Herritt|November 26, 2012|DAILY BEAST
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At Versace, the best elements were tie-dyed prints in blue with a signature Medusa seemingly floating amid a summer sky.Ode to Joy: Dolce, Versace and Bottega in Milan for Spring 2013|Robin Givhan|September 23, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Among these are "Medusa," a bronze bust; and a "Mater Dolorosa," in terra-cotta.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.|Clara Erskine Clement
A shark was also taken, eleven feet long; and many curious specimens of crustacea and medusa were obtained by the towing-net.
Whoever looked at Medusa was turned into stone, but Perseus, by the aid of enchantment, slew her.Milton's Comus|John Milton
It did not take long for the hero who had slain Medusa to kill the unlawful claimant, and reinstate his grandfather.
Some distance away lay the other two Gorgons, Medusa's sisters, but the young hero had no thought for them.
British Dictionary definitions for medusa (1 of 2)
noun plural -sas or -sae (-ziː)
Derived forms of medusamedusan, adjective
Word Origin for medusa
British Dictionary definitions for medusa (2 of 2)
Derived forms of MedusaMedusan, adjective
Scientific definitions for medusa
Plural medusas medusae (mĭ-dōō′sē)
Cultural definitions for medusa
The best known of the monster Gorgons of classical mythology; people who looked at her would turn to stone. A hero, Perseus, was able to kill Medusa, aiming his sword by looking at her reflection in a highly polished shield.