proserpine

Persephone

[per-sef-uh-nee]
noun
1.
Also, Proserpina, Proserpine. Classical Mythology. a daughter of Zeus and Demeter, abducted by Pluto to be queen of Hades, but allowed to return to the surface of the earth for part of the year.
2.
a female given name.
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Proserpina

[proh-sur-puh-nuh]
noun
Also, Proserpine [proh-sur-puh-nee] .
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Persephone (pəˈsɛfənɪ)
 
n
Greek myth Roman counterpart: Proserpina a daughter of Zeus and Demeter, abducted by Hades and made his wife and queen of the underworld, but allowed part of each year to leave it

Proserpina (prəʊˈsɜːpɪnə)
 
n
Greek counterpart: Persephone the Roman goddess of the underworld

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Proserpina
daughter of Ceres and wife of Pluto, L. modification of Gk. Persephone, perhaps infl. by L. proserpere "to creep forth" on notion of the germination of plants.

Persephone
wife of Hades, queen of the netherworld, identified with Kore, daughter of Zeus and Demeter, from Gk. Persephone (see person).
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