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Jove

[johv] /dʒoʊv/
noun
1.
Jupiter (def 1).
2.
Archaic. the planet Jupiter.
Idioms
3.
by Jove!, (an exclamation used to emphasize an accompanying remark or to express surprise, approval, etc.):
It was a good fight, by Jove!
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Latin Jov- (oblique stem of compound nominative Juppiter father Jove), akin. to deus god; cognate with Greek Zeús (genitive Diós) Zeus
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Jove

/dʒəʊv/
noun
1.
another name for Jupiter1
2.
by Jove, an exclamation of surprise or excitement
Word Origin
C14: from Old Latin Jovis Jupiter
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Jove

Roman god of the bright sky, late 14c., from Latin Iovis, from PIE *dyeu- "to shine," with derivatives referring to the sky, heavens, a god (see diurnal, and cf. Zeus). In classical Latin, the compound Iuppiter replaced Old Latin Iovis as the god's name.

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