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[er-uh-toh] /ˈɛr əˌtoʊ/
noun, Classical Mythology
the Muse of love poetry. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for Erato


(Greek myth) the Muse of love poetry
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Word Origin and History for Erato

muse who presided over lyric poetry, from Greek erastos "loved, beloved; lovely, charming," verbal adjective of eran "to love, to be in love with" (see Eros).

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Encyclopedia Article for Erato

in Greek religion, one of the nine Muses, the patron of lyric and erotic poetry or hymns. She is often depicted playing a lyre. See also Muse.

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