Perseus [pur-see-uh s, -syoos] Examples noun, genitive Per·se·i [pur-see-ahy] /ˈpɜr siˌaɪ/ for 2.

  1. Classical Mythology. a hero, the son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
  2. Astronomy. a northern constellation between Cassiopeia and Taurus, containing the variable star Algol.

Examples from the Web for perseus Contemporary Examples of perseus

  • Reprinted courtesy of Da Capo Press, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

    The Night the SEALS Captured the Butcher of Fallujah

    Patrick Robinson

    November 11, 2013

  • Sam Worthington brought a new machismo to the role of Perseus, once played with androgynous flare by Harry Hamlin.

    The Highest-Grossing Films of the Year

    Gina Piccalo

    December 26, 2010

  • The folks at Perseus Books Group crash-published Book: The Sequel in a 48-hour frenzy at Book Expo America this year.

    Publishing: The Sequel

    The Daily Beast

    May 30, 2009

  • Excerpted by arrangement with PublicAffairs, a member of the Perseus Books Group.

    The Lighter Side of Islam

    Neil MacFarquhar

    May 6, 2009

  • Historical Examples of perseus

  • In fact, the stick seemed to be alive in his hand, and to lend some of its life to Perseus.

    The Gorgon’s Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king.

    The Gorgon’s Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • “I told you she would be the first to discover them,” said Quicksilver to Perseus.

    The Gorgon’s Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Finally, our brave Perseus arrived at the island, where he expected to see his dear mother.

    The Gorgon’s Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • In Hartland’s “Legend of Perseus” a collection of variants of this story will be found.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

    G. Elliot Smith

  • British Dictionary definitions for perseus Perseus 1 noun

    1. Greek myth a son of Zeus and Danaë, who with Athena’s help slew the Gorgon Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster

    Perseus 2 noun Latin genitive Persei (ˈpɜːsɪˌaɪ)

    1. a conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way. It contains the eclipsing binary, Algol, and a rich cluster of galaxies

    Word Origin and History for perseus Perseus

    son of Zeus and Danaë, slayer of Medusa, from Greek Perseus, of unknown origin.

    perseus in Science Perseus [pûr′sē-əs]

    1. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.

    perseus in Culture Perseus [(pur-see-uhs, pur-syoohs)]

    A hero of classical mythology who killed the Gorgon Medusa. The god Hermes and goddess Athena helped him in this brave deed by giving him winged shoes, a magical sword, and a polished shield. With the help of these, he swooped down on Medusa from the air, used the shield as a mirror, and cut off her head without looking at it directly — for anyone who looked at a Gorgon turned to stone.

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