pandora

[ pan-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh ]
/ pænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə /
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noun

Also pan·dore [pan-dawr, -dohr, pan-dawr, -dohr] /pænˈdɔr, -ˈdoʊr, ˈpæn dɔr, -doʊr/, pan·dou·ra [pan-doo r-uh] /pænˈdʊər ə/, pandure.

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Pandora

[ pan-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh ]
/ pænˈdɔr ə, -ˈdoʊr ə /

noun

Classical Mythology. the first woman, created by Hephaestus, endowed by the gods with all the graces and treacherously presented to Epimetheus along with a box (originally a jar) in which Prometheus had confined all the evils that could trouble humanity. As the gods had anticipated, Pandora gave in to her curiosity and opened the box, allowing the evils to escape, thereby frustrating the efforts of Prometheus. In some versions, the box contained blessings, all of which escaped but hope.

Origin of Pandora

< Latin < Greek Pandṓra, equivalent to pan- pan- + dôr(on) gift + -a feminine noun ending
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British Dictionary definitions for pandora (1 of 2)

pandora

/ (pænˈdɔːrə) /

noun

a handsome red sea bream, Pagellus erythrinus, of European coastal waters, caught for food in the Mediterranean
a marine bivalve mollusc of the genus Pandora that lives on the surface of sandy shores and has thin equal valves
music another word for bandore

Word Origin for pandora

after Pandora

British Dictionary definitions for pandora (2 of 2)

Pandora

Pandore (pænˈdɔː, ˈpændɔː)

/ (pænˈdɔːrə) /

noun

Greek myth the first woman, made out of earth as the gods' revenge on man for obtaining fire from Prometheus. Given a box (Pandora's box) that she was forbidden to open, she disobeyed out of curiosity and released from it all the ills that beset man, leaving only hope within

Word Origin for Pandora

from Greek, literally: all-gifted
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Word Origin and History for pandora

Pandora


1570s, in Greek mythology, the first mortal woman, made by Hephaestus and given as a bride to Epimetheus, from Greek pandora "all-gifted" (or perhaps "giver of all"), from pan "all" (see pan-) + doron "gift," from PIE root *do- "to give" (see date (n.1)).

Pandora's box (1570s) refers to her gift from Zeus, which was foolishly opened by Epimetheus, upon which all the contents escaped. They were said to be the host of human ills (escaping to afflict mankind), or, in a later version, all the blessings of the god (escaping to be lost), except Hope, which alone remained.

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