Definitions

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

  • n. Greek Mythology The wife of Odysseus and mother of Telemachus. Penelope was made immortal by Circe.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Cracidae.
  • proper n. The faithful wife of Odysseus.
  • proper n. A female given name.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A genus of curassows, including the guans.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The typical genus of Penelopinæ, founded by B. Merrem in 1786, containing a number of South and Central American species of birds, such as P. marail, called guans.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) the wife of Odysseus and a symbol of devotion and fidelity; for 10 years while Odysseus fought the Trojan War she resisted numerous suitors until Odysseus returned and killed them
  • n. a genus of guans (turkey-like arboreal birds valued as game and food birds)

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Πηνελόπη, possibly from πηνέλοψ (pēnelops), “duck”. (Wiktionary)

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