Definitions

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

  • n. Roman Mythology The goddess of wisdom, invention, the arts, and martial prowess. She came to be identified with the Greek Athena.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The goddess of wisdom, especially strategic warfare, and the arts, especially crafts and in particular weaving; daughter of Jupiter and Juno

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The goddess of wisdom, of war, of the arts and sciences, of poetry, and of spinning and weaving; -- identified with the Grecian Pallas Athene.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Roman mythology, one of the three chief divinities, the other two being Jupiter and Juno.

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

  • n. (Roman mythology) goddess of wisdom; counterpart of Greek Athena

Etymologies

Latin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Minerva, from Etruscan, originally from Proto-Indo-European *men-es-wah₂, extended from the stem *men-s- (“mind”) (Sanskrit  (manas), compare manas-vin- ("full of mind or sense")), ultimately from the Proto-Indo-European *men- (“to think”). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Barbara Minerva is a British anthropologist from Nottinghamshire, and the Cheetah is affiliated with the African god Urtzkartaga.

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  • Cheles notes that two leaders depicted in these cycles, Bartolo's Scipio Africanus and Castagno's Queen Tomyris, hold a spear (the weapon of Minerva) with its point turned to the ground, a motif found at Urbino in the intarsiated door leading from the Sala dei Angeli to the Sala del Trono, where Minerva is paired with Apollo.

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  • Minerva is inflicted herself, being a peep who has struggled with the disease and spent months locked up in her room, cut off from the world.

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  • At least 30 people crowded the Discount Drug Mart store in Minerva half an hour before a flu shot clinic started Wednesday.

    Medpundit

  • Vice-Chancellor, where she sat three days together for four hours at a time to hear verses and speeches, to hear herself called Minerva; nay, the public orator had prepared an encomium on her beauty, but being struck with her appearance, had enough presence of mind to whisk his compliments to the beauties of her mind.

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  • We've covered the story of the South Korean blogger who went by the name Minerva, and who was arrested for

    Techdirt

  • Park, who uses the alias Minerva, has caused ructions over the past few months with more than 200 postings about the country's financial woes and the global economic crisis.

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  • Park Dae-Sung -- better known by his Internet alias "Minerva" -- was arrested in January

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  • As the arrest of "Minerva" -- a Korean blogger who has vociferously accused the government for its failed economic and foreign exchange policy in the wake of the global financial crisis -- shows, the governmental crackdown on the Net is not a joke and is considered a clear and present threat among ordinary Korean Netizens.

    Ohmynews International

  • Dr. Minerva is a good therapist, and a great listener.

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