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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A goddess of nature and fertility in Asia Minor and later in Greece, whose worship was marked by ecstatic and frenzied states.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of dicotyledonous plants of the family Proteaccæ. See Stenocarpus.
  • noun In classical mythology, an earth-goddess, of Phrygian and Cretan origin, but identified by the Greeks with Rhea, daughter of Uranus and Ge, or Heaven and Earth, wife of Cronus or Saturn, and mother of Zeus or Jupiter—hence called the Mother of the Gods, or the Great Mother.
  • noun In zoology, a genus of trilobites.

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  • noun great nature goddess of ancient Phrygia in Asia Minor; counterpart of Greek Rhea and Roman Ops

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