Classical Mythology. the Muse of dancing and choral song.
(lowercase) choreography; the art of dancing.

< Latin Terpsichorē < Greek Terpsichórē, noun use of feminine of terpsíchoros dance-liking; see chorus

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Terpsichore (tɜːpˈsɪkərɪ)
the Muse of the dance and of choral song
[C18: via Latin from Greek, from terpsikhoros delighting in the dance, from terpein to delight + khoros dance; see chorus]

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the muse of the dance, Gk. Terpsikhore, lit. "enjoyment of dance," from terpein "to delight" (from PIE base *terp- "to satisfy;" cf. Skt. trpyati "takes one's fill," Lith. tarpstu "to thrive, prosper") + khoros "dance, chorus" (see chorus).
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in Greek religion, one of the nine Muses, patron of lyric poetry and dancing (in some versions, flute playing). She is perhaps the most widely known of the Muses, her name having entered general English as the adjective terpsichorean ("pertaining to dancing"). In some accounts she was the mother of the half-bird, half-woman Sirens, whose father was the sea god Achelous or the river god Phorcys.

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