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[duh-ney-i-deez] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdiz/
plural noun, Classical Mythology
the 50 daughters of Danaus, 49 of whom were condemned to pour water forever into a leaky vessel for having murdered their husbands.
Also, Danaidae
[duh-ney-i-dee] /dəˈneɪ ɪˌdi/ (Show IPA),
[duh-ney-idz] /dəˈneɪ ɪdz/ (Show IPA)
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[dan-ee-id-ee-uh n, dan-ee-i-dee-uh n] /ˌdæn iˈɪd i ən, ˌdæn i ɪˈdi ən/ (Show IPA),
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plural noun (Greek myth) (sing) Danaid
the fifty daughters of Danaüs. All but Hypermnestra murdered their bridegrooms and were punished in Hades by having to pour water perpetually into a jar with a hole in the bottom
Derived Forms
Danaidean (ˌdænɪˈɪdɪən; ˌdænɪəˈdiːən) adjective
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in Greek mythology, one of the 50 daughters of Danaus, king of Argos, from Greek Danaides (plural). On command of their father, all (except Hypermnestra) killed their husbands and consequently were condemned to draw water perpetually in bottomless buckets.

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