[ sem-uh-lee ]
/ ˈsɛm əˌli /

noun Classical Mythology.

a daughter of Cadmus and mother, by Zeus, of Dionysus.

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/ (ˈsɛmɪlɪ) /


Greek myth mother of Dionysus by Zeus
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Word Origin and History for semele


daughter of Cadmus and mother of Dionysus, from Latin, from Greek Semele, a Thraco-Phrygian earth goddess, from Phrygian Zemele "mother of the earth," probably cognate with Old Church Slavonic zemlja "earth," Latin humus "earth, ground, soil" (see chthonic).

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