Perseus

[pur-see-uh s, -syoos]
noun, genitive Per·se·i [pur-see-ahy] /ˈpɜr siˌaɪ/ for 2.
  1. Classical Mythology. a hero, the son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
  2. Astronomy. a northern constellation between Cassiopeia and Taurus, containing the variable star Algol.
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  • In fact, the stick seemed to be alive in his hand, and to lend some of its life to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "I told you she would be the first to discover them," said Quicksilver to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Finally, our brave Perseus arrived at the island, where he expected to see his dear mother.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • In Hartland's "Legend of Perseus" a collection of variants of this story will be found.


British Dictionary definitions for perseus

Perseus

1
noun
  1. Greek myth a son of Zeus and Danaë, who with Athena's help slew the Gorgon Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster

Perseus

2
noun Latin genitive Persei (ˈpɜːsɪˌaɪ)
  1. 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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Word Origin and History for perseus

Perseus

son of Zeus and Danaë, slayer of Medusa, from Greek Perseus, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

perseus in Science

Perseus

[pûrsē-əs]
  1. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.
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perseus in Culture

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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