the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.
a woman of great wisdom.
a female given name.
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Minerva (mɪˈnɜːvə)
Greek counterpart: Athena the Roman goddess of wisdom

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ancient Roman goddess of wisdom (later identified with Gk. Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from L. Minerva, from O.L. Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE base *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Cf. Skt. Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense."
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Minerva definition

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

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