noun Classical Mythology.
the Muse of love poetry. Unabridged
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Erato (ˈɛrəˌtəʊ)
Greek myth the Muse of love poetry

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muse who presided over lyric poetry, from Gk. erastos, verbal adj. of eran "to love." The verb is also the source of male proper names Erasmus (from Gk. erasmios "lovely, pleasant") and Erastus.
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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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