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Thalia

[thuh-lahy-uh, they-lee-uh, theyl-yuh] /θəˈlaɪ ə, ˈθeɪ li ə, ˈθeɪl yə/
noun, Classical Mythology
1.
the Muse of comedy and idyllic poetry.
2.
one of the Graces.
Origin
< Latin < Greek Tháleia, special use of the adj.: rich, plentiful; akin to thallus
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Thalia

/θəˈlaɪə/
noun (Greek myth)
1.
the Muse of comedy and pastoral poetry
2.
one of the three Graces
Word Origin
C17: via Latin from Greek, from thaleia blooming
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Word Origin and History for Thalia

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.

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Encyclopedia Article for Thalia

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.

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