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Demeter

[dih-mee-ter]
noun
the ancient Greek chthonian goddess of agriculture and the protector of marriage and the social order, identified by the Romans with Ceres. She presided over the Eleusinian mysteries.
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Demeter (dɪˈmiːtə)
 
n
Greek myth Roman counterpart: Ceres the goddess of agricultural fertility and protector of marriage and women

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Demeter
Gk. Damater, lit. "Earth-Mother," from da, Doric form of Gk. ge "earth" + mater. The name Demetrius means "son of Demeter."
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Demeter [(di-mee-tuhr)]

[Roman name Ceres]

The Greek and Roman goddess of grain, agriculture, and the harvest. The story of Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, explains the cycle of the seasons. When Persephone was carried off to the underworld by Hades, Demeter was so forlorn that she did not tend the crops, and the first winter came to the Earth. Eventually Zeus allowed Persephone to rejoin her mother for two-thirds of every year, and thus the cycle of the seasons began.

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