from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A Titan who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to humankind, for which Zeus chained him to a rock and sent an eagle to eat his liver, which grew back daily.
- n. The satellite of Saturn that is third in distance from the planet.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A male given name
- proper n. The Titan chiefly honored for stealing fire from Zeus in the stalk of a fennel plant and giving it to mortals for their use. The god of fire and craft.
- proper n. A moon of the planet Saturn.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The son of Iapetus (one of the Titans) and Clymene, fabled by the poets to have surpassed all mankind in knowledge, and to have formed men of clay to whom he gave life by means of fire stolen from heaven. Jupiter, being angry at this, sent Mercury to bind Prometheus to Mount Caucasus, where a vulture preyed upon his liver.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In entomology: The popular name and also the technical specific name of a large silk-spinning moth, Attacus prometheus, or Telea or Callosamia promethea.
- n. [capitalized] A genus of moths.
- n. In ornithology, the Blackburnian warbler, Dendrœca blackburniæ: so named by Coues from the flame color of the breast.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Greek mythology) the Titan who stole fire from Olympus and gave it to mankind; Zeus punished him by chaining him to a rock where an eagle gnawed at his liver until Hercules rescued him
Latin Promētheus, from Greek.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Προμηθεύς, from πρό ("before") + μήδεα ("thoughts, ruses, concerns") (Wiktionary)