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pandora

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

Pandora

[pan-dawr-uh, -dohr-uh]
noun
  1. 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.
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Origin of Pandora

< Latin < Greek Pandṓra, equivalent to pan- pan- + dôr(on) gift + -a feminine noun ending
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  • Pandora continually kept saying to herself and to Epimetheus.

    The Paradise of Children

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • It was heavy; quite too heavy for the slender strength of a child, like Pandora.

    The Paradise of Children

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Then she kissed Pandora on the forehead, and her hurt was cured likewise.

    The Paradise of Children

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • “I should like very much to come and see her,” said Pandora.

    Pandora

    Henry James

  • Pandora by this time had given her attention again to Mrs. Steuben.

    Pandora

    Henry James


British Dictionary definitions for pandora

pandora

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

after Pandora

Pandora

Pandore (pænˈdɔː, ˈpændɔː)

noun
  1. 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
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Word Origin

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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