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Minerva

[mi-nur-vuh]
noun
  1. the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.
  2. a woman of great wisdom.
  3. a female given name.
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Contemporary Examples of minerva

Historical Examples of minerva

  • He was the Ulysses of pirates, the beloved not only of Mercury, but of Minerva.

  • I had to spring into the situation with knowledge, as Minerva did into life, full grown.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Agar was to be introduced by Princess Mathilde, to whom she was then sitting as Minerva.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • You remember that beautiful head of Minerva, which is near my book-shelf, do you not?

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • That night he slept in the temple of Minerva, the wise goddess.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd


British Dictionary definitions for minerva

Minerva

noun
  1. 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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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

minerva in Culture

Minerva

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

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