Definitions for ganymedeˈgæn əˌmid

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Gan•y•medeˈgæn əˌmid(n.)

  1. a Trojan youth who was taken by Zeus to Olympus and made the cupbearer of the gods.

    Category: Mythology

  2. the largest moon of the planet Jupiter.

    Category: Astronomy

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Ganymede(noun)

    (Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods

  2. Ganymede(noun)

    the largest of Jupiter's satellites

Wiktionary

  1. Ganymede(ProperNoun)

    A Trojan boy who was abducted (either by Zeus or Eos), and ultimately became immortal in order to be Zeus' cup-bearer and lover.

  2. Ganymede(ProperNoun)

    A moon of Jupiter.

  3. Ganymede(ProperNoun)

    A servant boy or young waiter, particularly one who serves liquor.

  4. Ganymede(ProperNoun)

    A boy kept for pederastic purposes; a catamite.

  5. Origin: From Γανυμήδης, from γάνυμαι + μῆδος.

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  1. Ganymede

    In Greek mythology, Ganymede is a divine hero whose homeland was Troy. Homer describes Ganymede as the most beautiful of mortals. He was the son of Tros of Dardania, from whose name "Troy" was supposed to derive, and of Callirrhoe. His brothers were Ilus and Assaracus. In one version of the myth, he is abducted by Zeus, in the form of an eagle, to serve as cup-bearer in Olympus. The myth was a model for the Greek social custom of paiderastía, the socially acceptable erotic relationship between a man and a youth. The Latin form of the name was Catamitus, from which the English word "catamite" derives.

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