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

  • noun A Titan, husband of Pandora, who together with his brother Prometheus took part in the creation of the human race.

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  • proper noun Greek mythology Son of Iapetus and Clymene, brother to Atlas, Menoetius and Prometheus, of whom he ignored warnings to beware of any gifts from Zeus. He accepted Pandora as his wife, thereby bringing sorrow to the world; father to Pyrrha.
  • proper noun astronomy A moon of the planet Saturn.

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  • noun (Greek mythology) brother of Prometheus; despite Prometheus's warning against gifts from Zeus he accepted Pandora as his wife

Etymologies

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

[Latin Epimētheus, from Greek, from epimētheus, afterthought (from the myth that after giving each animal a special quality, he had none left for humans), modeled on Promētheus, Prometheus (taken by the Greeks as from promētheus, forethought).]

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From Ancient Greek Ἐπιμηθεύς (Epimētheus, "afterthought, hindsight").

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