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Pegasus

[peg-uh-suh s]
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noun, genitive Peg·a·si [peg-uh-sahy] /ˈpɛg əˌsaɪ/ for 2.
  1. Classical Mythology. a winged horse, created from the blood of Medusa, that opened the spring of Hippocrene with a stroke of its hoof, and that carried Bellerophon in his attack on the Chimera.
  2. Astronomy. the Winged Horse, a northern constellation between Cygnus and Aquarius.
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Related formsPe·ga·si·an [puh-gey-see-uh n] /pəˈgeɪ si ən/, adjective
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Pegasus1

noun
  1. Greek myth an immortal winged horse, which sprang from the blood of the slain Medusa and enabled Bellerophon to achieve many great deeds as his rider
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Pegasus2

noun Latin genitive Pegasi (ˈpɛɡəˌsaɪ)
  1. a constellation in the N hemisphere lying close to Andromeda and Pisces
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Pegasus

winged horse in Greek mythology, late 14c., from Latin, from Greek Pegasos, usually said to be from pege "fountain, spring; a well fed by a spring" (plural pegai), especially in "springs of Ocean," near which Medusa was said to have been killed by Perseus (Pegasus sprang from her blood). But this may be folk etymology, and the suffix -asos suggests a pre-Greek origin [Klein].

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

pegasus in Science

Pegasus

[pĕgə-səs]
  1. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Aquarius and Andromeda.
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pegasus in Culture

Pegasus

[(peg-uh-suhs)]

In classical mythology, a winged horse, tamed by the hero Bellerophon with the help of a bridle given to him by Athena.

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As the flying horse of the Muses, Pegasus is a symbol of high-flying poetic imagination.
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