Perseus

[ pur-see-uh s, -syoos ]
/ ˈpɜr si əs, -syus /

noun, genitive Per·se·i [pur-see-ahy] /ˈpɜr siˌaɪ/ for 2.

Classical Mythology. a hero, the son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
Astronomy. a northern constellation between Cassiopeia and Taurus, containing the variable star Algol.
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British Dictionary definitions for perseus (1 of 2)

Perseus

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/ (ˈpɜːsɪəs) /

noun

Greek myth a son of Zeus and Danaë, who with Athena's help slew the Gorgon Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster

British Dictionary definitions for perseus (2 of 2)

Perseus

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/ (ˈpɜːsɪəs) /

noun Latin genitive Persei (ˈpɜːsɪˌaɪ)

a conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way. It contains the eclipsing binary, Algol, and a rich cluster of galaxies
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Science definitions for perseus

Perseus

[ pûrsē-əs ]

A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.
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Culture definitions for perseus

Perseus

[ (pur-see-uhs, pur-syoohs) ]

A hero of classical mythology who killed the Gorgon Medusa. The god Hermes and goddess Athena helped him in this brave deed by giving him winged shoes, a magical sword, and a polished shield. With the help of these, he swooped down on Medusa from the air, used the shield as a mirror, and cut off her head without looking at it directly — for anyone who looked at a Gorgon turned to stone.

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