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Persephone

[per-sef-uh-nee] /pərˈsɛf ə ni/
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.

Proserpina

[proh-sur-puh-nuh] /proʊˈsɜr pə nə/
noun
Also, Proserpine
[proh-sur-puh-nee] /proʊˈsɜr pə ni/ (Show IPA)
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Examples from the Web for proserpine
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  • At this order the two visitors got into their boats, and the proserpine again filled.

    The Wing-and-Wing J. Fenimore Cooper
  • It seemed to me that he was Pluto, the god of the infernal regions, and I was proserpine.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • Stooping to see what it was, she picked up the girdle which proserpine had long ago thrown to the water nymph.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • This hath beautiful proserpine ordained to be borne to her for her proper gift.

  • Poets declared that proserpine became jealous of Cocytus's daughter, Minthe, whom she transformed into the plant.

  • When proserpine was assured that she must be parted for a time from Pluto, she was inconsolable.

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • Theseus descended into Hades in order to carry off proserpine.

  • proserpine shrieked, and the Queen of Hell awoke from her dream.

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
  • proserpine is the beauty and joy of the earth, which seems to die in winter, but only to come to life again.

    Gods and Heroes R. E. Francillon
  • proserpine, who was almost inexperienced in society, was quite fascinated.

    The Infernal Marriage Benjamin Disraeli
British Dictionary definitions for proserpine

Persephone

/pəˈsɛfənɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) 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 Roman counterpart Proserpina

Proserpina

/prəʊˈsɜːpɪnə/
noun
1.
the Roman goddess of the underworld Greek counterpart Persephone
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Word Origin and History for proserpine

Persephone

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

Proserpina

daughter of Ceres and wife of Pluto, Latin (or Etruscan) modification of Greek Persephone, perhaps influenced by Latin proserpere "to creep forth" on notion of the germination of plants.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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