- Classical Mythology. the wife of Minos, mother of Ariadne, and mother of the Minotaur by the Cretan bull.
- Astronomy. a small moon of the planet Jupiter.
Origin of Pasiphaë
First recorded in 1775–85
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Examples from the Web for pasiphae
On the ceiling were painted the amours of Pasiphae and the bull.The Romance of Leonardo da Vinci
Dmitry Sergeyevich Merezhkovsky
The temple and oracle of Pasiphae at Thalamae was of peculiar sanctity.Plutarch's Lives, Volume IV
It was these profaner images that inflamed Phædra and Pasiphae.
Phaidra, daughter of Minos and Pasiphae, who married Theseus.The Browning Cyclopdia
Pasiphae (Pasiph′ae) was the reputed mother of the Minotaur killed by Theseus.1000 Mythological Characters Briefly Described
Edward S. Ellis
- Greek myth the wife of Minos and mother (by a bull) of the Minotaur
- astronomy a small outer satellite of the planet Jupiter
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Word Origin and History for pasiphae
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