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məˈdu sə, -zə, -ˈdyu-Medusa

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Medusanoun

    (Greek mythology) a woman transformed into a Gorgon by Athena; she was slain by Perseus

  2. medusa, medusoid, medusannoun

    one of two forms that coelenterates take: it is the free-swimming sexual phase in the life cycle of a coelenterate; in this phase it has a gelatinous umbrella-shaped body and tentacles


  1. Medusanoun

    The only mortal of the three gorgon sisters. She is killed by Perseus.

    Etymology: From Μέδουσα.

  2. medusanoun

    Special form that cnidarians may turn into.

    Etymology: From Μέδουσα.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Medusanoun

    the Gorgon; or one of the Gorgons whose hair was changed into serpents, after which all who looked upon her were turned into stone

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. .]

  2. Medusanoun

    any free swimming acaleph; a jellyfish

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. .]


  1. Medusa

    In Greek mythology Medusa was a monster, a Gorgon, generally described as having the face of a hideous human female with living venomous snakes in place of hair. Gazing directly upon her would turn onlookers to stone. Most sources describe her as the daughter of Phorcys and Ceto, though the author Hyginus interposes a generation and gives Medusa another chthonic pair as parents. Medusa was beheaded by the hero Perseus, who thereafter used her head as a weapon until he gave it to the goddess Athena to place on her shield. In classical antiquity the image of the head of Medusa appeared in the evil-averting device known as the Gorgoneion.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Medusa

    me-dū′sa, n. one of the three Gorgons, whose head, cut off by Perseus, and placed in the ægis of Minerva, had the power of turning those who looked on it into stone: the name given to the common kinds of jelly-fishes, prob. from the likeness of their tentacles to the snakes on Medusa's head:—pl. Medū′sæ, a division of hydrozoans.—adjs. Medū′siform, Medū′soid—also ns. [Gr., 'ruler,' fem.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Medusa

    one of the three Gorgons (q. v.), is fabled to have been originally a woman of rare beauty, with a magnificent head of hair, but having offended Athena, that goddess changed her hair into hideous serpents, and gave to her eyes the power of turning any one into stone who looked into them; Perseus (q. v.) cut off her head by the help of Athena, who afterwards wore it on the middle of her breastplate or shield.

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  1. Medusa

    (Medu′sa). One of the Gorgons. Minerva changed her beautiful hair into serpents. She was conquered by Perseus, who cut off her head, and placed it on Minerva’s shield. Every one who looked at the head was turned into stone. Ulysses, in the Odyssey, relates that he wished to see more of the inhabitants of Hades, but was afraid, as he says — “Lest Gorgon, rising from the infernal lakes, With horrors armed, and curls of hissing snakes, Should fix me, stiffened at the monstrous sight, A stony image in eternal night.” (Pope.)

    “Medusa with Gorgonian terror guards The ford.” (Milton.)

    “Remove that horrid monster, and take hence Medusa’s petrifying countenance.” (Addison.)

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  1. Medusa

    A celebrated ancient who had the delirium tremens in an acute stage.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Medusa in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Medusa in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of Medusa in a Sentence

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    Biological death is only a mechanical problem, it can be solved and man can live millions of years! Do not believe in life after death! Seek for the life within the life! The medusa of Turritopsis nutricula is biologically immortal and this little creature is a big inspiration for us! He who thinks positively reaches his target!

  2. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Koskaan yritä katsoa taaksepäin, ja koskaan katse menneisyyteen. joskus ohi voi olla kuin medusa, hirvittävän gorgon pelottava ihmisen kasvot ja ottaa myrkyllisiä käärmeitä paikka hiuksiaan. Varokaa tuijottaa suoraan Medusa silmiin, sillä se voi kääntyä sivustakatsoja kiveen. Aiemmin tekee täsmälleen sama - se jäätyy te kivi kylmä, hidastaa ja lopettamalla kaikki tekosi, tavoitteita ja toiveita ..... miksi menneisyys on verrattavissa Medusa täällä. odotan tänään, juuri tällä hetkellä, esillä, että toivottaa sinut iloisesti, kuin elämän matkaa jatkuu yl

  3. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    Never try to look back, and never gaze into the Past. Sometimes Past can be like Medusa, the hideous Gorgon with scary human face and having venomous snakes in the place of her hair. Beware of gazing directly into Medusa's eyes, for it can turn the onlooker into a stone. The Past does exactly the same - it freezes you stone cold, slowing and stopping all your actions, ambitions and aspirations..... the reason why Past is likened to Medusa here. Look forward to today, to this very moment, to the Present that welcomes you happily, as your journey of life continues upwards and onwards. A Viaxe Continua! Have a great journey, my friend!

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    a petty misdeed
    • A. hypernym
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