from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun Greek Mythology A Trojan boy of great beauty whom Zeus carried away to be his lover and to be cupbearer to the gods.
- noun One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is the largest satellite in the solar system.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun 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.
- noun Figuratively, a cup-bearer; a waiter.
- noun The third and largest satellite of the planet Jupiter.
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- proper noun Greek mythology A Trojan boy who was
abducted(either by Zeusor Eos), and ultimately became immortalin order to be Zeus' cup-bearerand lover.
- proper noun astronomy A
- proper noun A servant boy or young
waiter, particularly one who serves liquor.
- proper noun A boy kept for
pederasticpurposes; a catamite.
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- noun the largest of Jupiter's satellites
- noun (Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
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"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.