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

  • n. Greek Mythology The god of woods, fields, and flocks, having a human torso and head with a goat's legs, horns, and ears.
  • n. The satellite of Saturn that is closest to the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Homininae — the chimpanzees.
  • proper n. Greek god of nature, often visualized as half goat and half man playing pipes.
  • proper n. A moon of the planet Saturn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. The god of shepherds, guardian of bees, and patron of fishing and hunting. He is usually represented as having the head and trunk of a man, with the legs, horns, and tail of a goat, and as playing on the shepherd's pipe (also called the pipes of Pan), which he is said to have invented.


Middle English, from Latin Pān, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Πάν (Pan). (Wiktionary)



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