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Pasiphaë

[puh-sif-uh-ee]
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noun
  1. Classical Mythology. the wife of Minos, mother of Ariadne, and mother of the Minotaur by the Cretan bull.
  2. Astronomy. a small moon of the planet Jupiter.
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Origin of Pasiphaë

First recorded in 1775–85
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Pasiphaë1

noun
  1. Greek myth the wife of Minos and mother (by a bull) of the Minotaur
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Pasiphaë2

noun
  1. astronomy a small outer satellite of the planet Jupiter
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Word Origin and History for pasiphae

Pasiphae

wife of Minos, mother of Phaedra and Ariadne, from Latin, from Greek Pasiphae, from pasiphaes "shining for all," from pasi "for all," dative plural of pas, pan "all" (see pan-) + phaos "light" (see fantasy).

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