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Ophelia

[oh-feel-yuh] /oʊˈfil yə/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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Word Origin and History for Ophelia

fem. proper name, from Greek opheleia "help, aid," from ophelein "to help, aid, assist," ophelos "advantage, help," from PIE root *obhel- "to avail" (cf. Armenian avelum).

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Encyclopedia Article for Ophelia

daughter of Polonius, sister to Laertes, and rejected lover of Hamlet in Shakespeare's tragedy Hamlet. Ophelia's mad scene (Act IV, scene 5) is one of the best known in Western literature, and her tragic figure, that of innocence gone mad, has often been portrayed in art.

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