noun Classical Mythology.

  1. a daughter of Cadmus and mother, by Zeus, of Dionysus.


  1. Greek myth mother of Dionysus by Zeus

daughter of Cadmus and mother of Dionysus, from Latin, from Greek Semele, a Thraco-Phrygian earth goddess, from Phrygian Zemele “mother of the earth,” probably cognate with Old Church Slavonic zemlja “earth,” Latin humus “earth, ground, soil” (see chthonic).

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