American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Mythology A goddess of nature and fertility in Asia Minor and later in Greece, whose worship was marked by ecstatic and frenzied states.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In classical mythology, an earth-goddess, of Phrygian and Cretan origin, but identified by the Greeks with Rhea, daughter of Uranus and Ge, or Heaven and Earth, wife of Cronus or Saturn, and mother of Zeus or Jupiter—hence called the Mother of the Gods, or the Great Mother. In art, Cybele usually wears the mural crown and a veil, and is seated on a throne with her sacred lions at her feet.
- n. In zoology, a genus of trilobites.
- n. A genus of dicotyledonous plants of the family Proteaccæ. See Stenocarpus.
- n. great nature goddess of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Roman Ops
“[Illustration: CYBELE THE TAMBOURINE GIRL.] "I don't know how to do anything else," replied Cybele, the blood rushing to her cheeks; "my aunt is sick, and I want to get some money.”
“Where in Hegel the castrated Cybele is the emptiness that distracts, in Schelling she is the fullness that excites an attack in the form of a ritualistic consumption of her body.”
“Her father is after an artifact called Cybele's Secret.”
“St. Augustine called Cybele a harlot mother, "the mother, not of the gods, but of the demons.”
“Experts in Roman religion believe that the Yorkshire cleric belonged to the officially sanctioned and important religious cult of a mother goddess called Cybele, who originated in Anatolia, present-day Turkey.”
“Agdistis, whom the Greeks called Cybele, was the Great Mother of the gods.”
“In the first place, then, it behooves us to name an old negress, of some sixty years, called Cybele, free through the will of her master, a slave through her affection for him and his, and who had been the nurse of Yaquita.”
“The very early assimilation of Cybele and Anahita justifies to a certain extent the unwarranted practice of calling Cybele the Persian Artemis.”
“At Comana in Pontus she was known to the Greeks as Ma, a name which may have been as old as that of the Sumerian Mama (the creatrix), or Mamituᵐ (goddess of destiny); in Armenia she was Anaitis; in Cilicia she was Ate ( 'Atheh of Tarsus); while in Phrygia she was best known as Cybele, mother of”
“Ops, the daughter of Cœlus or Uranus, who was also called Cybele, Rhea, and ‘the great”
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