Minerva

[mi-nur-vuh]
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noun

the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.
a woman of great wisdom.
a female given name.

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British Dictionary definitions for minerva

Minerva

noun

the Roman goddess of wisdomGreek counterpart: Athena
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Word Origin and History for minerva

Minerva

ancient Roman goddess of arts, crafts, and sciences; wisdom, sense, and reflection (later identified with Greek Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from Latin Minerva, from Old Latin Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Cf. Sanskrit Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense." Related: Minerval.

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Culture definitions for minerva

Minerva

The Roman name of Athena, the Greek and Roman goddess of wisdom.

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