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Minerva

[mi-nur-vuh] /mɪˈnɜr və/
noun
1.
the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.
2.
a woman of great wisdom.
3.
a female given name.
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  • Diomede now thrust forward his lance, Minerva directing it, and adding her strength to give force to the blow.

    The Story of Troy Michael Clarke
  • I had to spring into the situation with knowledge, as Minerva did into life, full grown.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • But go thou to the temple of Minerva the pillager, with victims, having assembled the matrons of distinction.

  • My friend had to choose between the sword of Mars and the bird of Minerva.

    The Memoires of Casanova, Complete Jacques Casanova de Seingalt
  • Achilles turned in amaze, and by the fire that flashed from her eyes at once knew that she was Minerva.

    The Iliad Homer
  • Thus spoke Minerva, and she persuaded his mind for him, unthinking one.

  • Then Minerva assumed the form and voice of Mentor, and presently made a covenant of peace between the two contending parties.

    The Odyssey Homer
British Dictionary definitions for Minerva

Minerva

/mɪˈnɜːvə/
noun
1.
the Roman goddess of wisdom Greek counterpart Athena
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Word Origin and History for Minerva

ancient Roman goddess of arts, crafts, and sciences; wisdom, sense, and reflection (later identified with Greek Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from Latin Minerva, from Old Latin Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Cf. Sanskrit Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense." Related: Minerval.

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The Roman name of Athena, the Greek and Roman goddess of wisdom.

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