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

  • n. Greek Mythology The principal god of the Greek pantheon, ruler of the heavens, and father of other gods and mortal heroes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Zeidae — the John Dory and the Cape dory.
  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Rhytismataceae — a fungus discovered on Mount Olympus, with yellow disc-shaped fruiting bodies that grow in the decaying wood of Bosnian pine trees.
  • proper n. Supreme ruler of all Greek gods, husband to Hera.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The chief deity of the Greeks, and ruler of the upper world (cf. Hades). He was identified with Jupiter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Gr. Myth., the chief and master of the gods, the supreme deity, omnipresent and all-powerful, generally looked upon as the son of Kronos and Rhea, and held to have dethroned and succeeded his father
  • n. [NL. (Linnæus, 1758).] In ichthyology, a genus of acanthopterygian fishes, typical of the family Zenidæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. type genus of the family Zeidae
  • n. (Greek mythology) the supreme god of ancient Greek mythology; son of Rhea and Cronus whom he dethroned; husband and brother of Hera; brother of Poseidon and Hades; father of many gods; counterpart of Roman Jupiter


(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Ζεύς (Zeus). (Wiktionary)



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