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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Sam Worthington brought a new machismo to the role of Perseus, once played with androgynous flare by Harry Hamlin.
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After all, Garnache's appearance was hardly suggestive of the role of Perseus which had been thrust upon him.St. Martin's Summer | Rafael Sabatini
Whoever looked at Medusa was turned into stone, but Perseus, by the aid of enchantment, slew her.Milton's Comus | John Milton
Hercules, Bacchus, and Perseus were gods born by mortal mothers.The Necessity of Atheism | Dr. D.M. Brooks
To this city Perseus had repaired with the view of distinguishing himself among the combatants.The Mysteries of All Nations | James Grant
To this monster Polydectes sent the young Perseus, feeling sure that he would never return home alive.Stories of Old Greece and Rome | Emilie Kip Baker
British Dictionary definitions for Perseus (1 of 2)
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)
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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Scientific definitions for Perseus
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.
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Cultural definitions for Perseus
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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