hero of alexandria

Hero

[heer-oh]
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a priestess of Aphrodite who drowned herself after her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her.
2.
Also, Heron. (Hero of Alexandria) flourished 1st century a.d, Greek scientist.
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hero (ˈhɪərəʊ)
 
n , pl -roes
1.  a man distinguished by exceptional courage, nobility, fortitude, etc
2.  a man who is idealized for possessing superior qualities in any field
3.  classical myth a being of extraordinary strength and courage, often the offspring of a mortal and a god, who is celebrated for his exploits
4.  the principal male character in a novel, play, etc
 
[C14: from Latin hērōs, from Greek]

Hero1 (ˈhɪərəʊ)
 
n
Greek myth a priestess of Aphrodite, who killed herself when her lover Leander drowned while swimming the Hellespont to visit her

Hero or Heron2 (ˈhɪərəʊ)
 
n
1st century ad, Greek mathematician and inventor
 
Heron or Heron2
 
n

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Word Origin & History

hero
late 14c., "man of superhuman strength or courage," from L. heros "hero," from Gk. heros "demi-god" (a variant singular of which was heroe), originally "defender, protector," from PIE base *ser- "to watch over, protect" (cf. L. servare "to save, deliver, preserve, protect"). Sense of "chief male character
in a play, story, etc." first recorded 1697. Fem. form heroine first attested 1650s, from L. heroina, from Gk. heroine. First record of hero-worship is from 1774. Heroic verse (1610s), decasyllabic iambic, is from It. Hero, the New York term for a sandwich elsewhere called submarine, grinder, poor boy (New Orleans), or hoagie (Philadelphia), is 1955, origin unknown, perhaps folk etymology of Gk. gyro, a type of sandwich.
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Hero   (hē'rō)  Pronunciation Key 
Greek mathematician who wrote on mechanics and invented many water-driven and steam-driven machines. He also developed a formula for determining the area of a triangle.
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