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Pasiphaë

[puh-sif-uh-ee] /pəˈsɪf əˌi/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. the wife of Minos, mother of Ariadne, and mother of the Minotaur by the Cretan bull.
2.
Astronomy. a small moon of the planet Jupiter.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85
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British Dictionary definitions for Pasiphaë

Pasiphaë1

/pəˈsɪfɪiː/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) the wife of Minos and mother (by a bull) of the Minotaur

Pasiphaë2

/pəˈsɪfɪiː/
noun
1.
(astronomy) a small outer satellite of the planet Jupiter
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Word Origin and History for Pasiphaë

Pasiphae

wife of Minos, mother of Phaedra and Ariadne, from Latin, from Greek Pasiphae, from pasiphaes "shining for all," from pasi "for all," dative plural of pas, pan "all" (see pan-) + phaos "light" (see fantasy).

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