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Metanira

or Met·a·nei·ra

[ met-uh-nahy-ruh ]
/ ˌmɛt əˈnaɪ rə /
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noun Classical Mythology.

queen of Eleusis, who took Demeter in to nurse her child.

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  • Detected one night by Metanira, she was compelled to reveal herself as Demeter, the goddess.

  • But Queen Metanira, as was very natural, had a great curiosity to know precisely what the nurse did to her child.

    Tanglewood Tales|Nathaniel Hawthorne
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