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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The Muse of tragedy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The Muse of tragedy
  • proper n. 18 Melpomene, the asteroid.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Muse of tragedy.
  • n. The eighteenth asteroid.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In class. myth., originally, the Muse of song and musical harmony, looked upon later as the especial patroness of tragedy.
  • n. A planetoid, the eighteenth in order of discovery, first observed by Professor Hind at London in 1852.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) the Muse of tragedy

Etymologies

Greek Melpomenē, from feminine present middle participle of melpein, to sing.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek melpesthai (to sing). (Wiktionary)

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