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

  • n. Greek Mythology The first woman, bestowed upon humankind as a punishment for Prometheus's theft of fire. Entrusted with a box containing all the ills that could plague people, she opened it out of curiosity and thereby released all the evils of human life.
  • n. The satellite of Saturn that is fourth in distance from the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Entomophthoraceae — certain fungi not placed within a phylum.
  • proper n. The first woman on earth, who had been given a box by the gods and instructed not to open it, but who disobeyed the instructions out of curiosity, releasing all manner of evils into the world.
  • proper n. A moon of the planet Saturn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A beautiful woman (all-gifted), whom Jupiter caused Vulcan to make out of clay in order to punish the human race, because Prometheus had stolen the fire from heaven. Jupiter gave Pandora a box containing all human ills, which, when the box was opened, escaped and spread over the earth. Hope alone remained in the box. Another version makes the box contain all the blessings of the gods, which were lost to men when Pandora opened it.
  • proper n. A genus of marine bivalves, in which one valve is flat, the other convex.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In class. myth., the name of the first mortal woman, on whom all the gods and goddesses bestowed gifts.
  • n. In zoology, a name (mostly generic) variously used.
  • n. A variant of bandore for bandore.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) the first woman; created by Hephaestus on orders from Zeus who presented her to Epimetheus along with a box filled with evils

Etymologies

Greek Pandōrā, having all gifts : pan-, pan- + dōron, gift.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Πανδώρα (Pandṓra), "all gifts". (Wiktionary)

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