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fem. proper name, from Greek Thaleia, literally "luxuriant, blooming," from thallein "to bloom" (see thallus). Eighth of the Muses, presiding over comedy and idyllic poetry. Also one of the three Graces, patroness of festive meetings.
in Greek religion, one of the nine Muses, patron of comedy; also, according to the Greek poet Hesiod, a Grace (one of a group of goddesses of fertility). She is the mother of the Corybantes, celebrants of the Great Mother of the Gods, Cybele, the father being Apollo, a god related to music and dance. In her hands she carried the comic mask and the shepherd's staff.