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Proserpina

[proh-sur-puh-nuh]
noun
  1. Persephone.
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Also Pro·ser·pi·ne [proh-sur-puh-nee] /proʊˈsɜr pə ni/.
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Historical Examples of proserpina

  • And Proserpina came running, and flung herself upon her mother's bosom.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • As long as Proserpina was above ground, there might have been hopes of regaining her.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Before Proserpina knew what she was about, her teeth had actually bitten it, of their own accord.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "I don't care for golden palaces and thrones," sobbed Proserpina.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • "Pray do not be foolish, Proserpina," said he, in rather a sullen tone.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne


British Dictionary definitions for proserpina

Proserpina

noun
  1. the Roman goddess of the underworldGreek counterpart: Persephone
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Word Origin and History for proserpina

Proserpina

daughter of Ceres and wife of Pluto, Latin (or Etruscan) modification of Greek Persephone, perhaps influenced by Latin proserpere "to creep forth" on notion of the germination of plants.

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