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[gan-uh-meed] /ˈgæn əˌmid/
Also, Ganymedes
[gan-uh-mee-deez] /ˌgæn əˈmi diz/ (Show IPA)
. Classical Mythology. a Trojan youth who was abducted by Zeus and taken to Olympus, where he was made the cupbearer of the gods and became immortal.
Astronomy. the largest moon of the planet Jupiter. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Ganymede
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  • And there's Ganymede coming up after him, and Europa behind him.

    A Honeymoon in Space George Griffith
  • They learned of the origin of the races that inhabited Europa and Ganymede.

  • Orlando confessed that he was the fond lover of whom he spoke, and asked Ganymede to give him the good counsel he talked of.

    Tales from Shakespeare Charles Lamb and Mary Lamb
  • For, strangely enough, none of the metallic elements was to be found on Ganymede.

    Pirates of the Gorm Nat Schachner
  • Nearly two hours had passed and Tom knew that they would soon be in radar range of the Ganymede garrison.

  • Assisted by a couple of knaves, Ganymede went about attending to the rebel at once.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • At the Caravanserai where I lodged, there was a hump-backed Ganymede, of the most hideous kind.

    Los Gringos H. A. (Henry Agustus) Wise
  • Ganymede was of a tenacious mettle, and of this he now afforded proof.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
  • Like a ravished Ganymede, the sense of sight soared amazed among dazzling ecstasies of light and movement.

    The Shadow of Life Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • To this end had I bidden Ganymede follow me into the very salon.

    Bardelys the Magnificent Rafael Sabatini
British Dictionary definitions for Ganymede


(classical myth) a beautiful Trojan youth who was abducted by Zeus to Olympus and made the cupbearer of the gods


the brightest and largest of the four Galilean satellites of Jupiter, and the largest in the solar system. Diameter: 5262 km; orbital radius: 1 070 000 km
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Word Origin and History for Ganymede

Trojan youth whom Zeus made his cup-bearer, from Greek Ganymedes, literally "rejoicing in his virility," from ganymai "I rejoice, am glad" + medea (plural) "counsels, plans, cunning" (see Medea), but here taken by many to mean "genitals." Used figuratively of serving-boys (c.1600) and catamites (1590s).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Ganymede in Science
One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the seventh in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest satellite in the solar system.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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