from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology A Trojan boy of great beauty whom Zeus carried away to be his lover and to be cupbearer to the gods.
- n. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the seventh in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is one of the largest satellites in the solar system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A Trojan boy who was abducted (either by Zeus or Eos), and ultimately became immortal in order to be Zeus' cup-bearer and lover.
- proper n. A moon of Jupiter.
- proper n. A servant boy or young waiter, particularly one who serves liquor.
- proper n. A boy kept for pederastic purposes; a catamite.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, the cupbearer of Zeus or of the Olympian gods, originally a beautiful Trojan youth, transferred to Olympus (according to Homer by the gods, according to others by the eagle of Zeus or by Zeus himself in the form of an eagle), and made immortal.
- n. Figuratively, a cup-bearer; a waiter.
- n. The third and largest satellite of the planet Jupiter.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the largest of Jupiter's satellites
- n. (Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods
"Lots" by Marc Andreottola, appearing in Ganymede 5
The typical sci-fi reader probably knows that Ganymede is a moon in our solar system, so this is a functional title that competently identifies the genre and basic plot.
On the one hand, the fact that Ganymede is a boy, so beautiful that Zeus decides to abduct and rape him, highlights this interchangeability.
"Shall I call Ganymede again and see if they have anything new?"
When the last of them had staggered down my steps, and I had bidden a drowsy lacquey extinguish the candles, I called Ganymede to light me to bed and aid me to undress.
Refined but bloated The Eclipse Foundation's annual code blitz - this year under the name Ganymede - kicks off at the end of this month with 24 Eclipse projects co-ordinating their ne ...
* Jupiter's moon, Ganymede, which is roughly the size of Mercury, has a strong magnetic field, a possible indication that it is still hot.
What's particularly telling is that Rosalind takes as her male name Ganymede, the mythological name of the beautiful young boy abducted by Zeus to be his cup bearer.
Rosalind, now known as Ganymede, and Celia, now known as Aliena, arrive in the Forest of Arden, where the exiled Duke now lives with some supporters, including Jacques.
And I remembered Fulton's remark about calling Ganymede for a tanker.