Dioscuri
noun plural Etymology: New Latin, from Greek Dioskouroi, literally, sons of Zeus, from Dios (genitive of Zeus; akin to Latin divus divine) + kouroi, plural of kouros, koros boy — more at deity, crescent Date: 1640 the twins Castor and Pollux reunited as stars in the sky by Zeus after Castor's death and regarded as patrons of athletes and sailors

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  • DIOSCURI — a Graecis dicuntur Castor et Pollux, quos antiquitas credidit salutares esse navigantibus, si Gemini apparerent (apparent autem ignis specie antennae aut malo insidentes) contra tristes, si singuli. Dioscuri apud Graecos, inquit Cic. l. 3. de Nat …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • dioscuri — DIOSCÚRI s.m.pl. (Mit.) Supranumele lui Castor şi Polux. [< fr. dioscures < gr. dioskouroi – copiii lui Zeus]. Trimis de LauraGellner, 22.02.2005. Sursa: DN  DIOSCÚRI s. m. pl. (mit.) supranumele a două divinităţi străvechi (Castor şi… …   Dicționar Român

  • Dioscuri — from Gk. Dioskouroi, lit. Zeus boys, from Dios, gen. of Zeus (see ZEUS (Cf. Zeus)) + kouroi, pl. of kouros boy, son (see CRESCENT (Cf. crescent)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • Dioscuri — [dī΄äs kyoor′ī΄] pl.n. [Gr Dioskouroi < Dios (gen. of Zeus) + kouroi, pl. of kouros, boy, son] Gr. Myth. Castor and Pollux, twin sons of Leda …   English World dictionary

  • Dioscuri —    Dios kuroi, significa figli di Zeus. Nella mitologia greca ci sono due coppie di gemelli a portare questo nome; Anfione e Zeto, chiamati Diòscuri tebani; Castore e Polluce i Diòscuri spartani. In ogni caso i Diòscuri cantati dai poeti per l… …   Dizionario dei miti e dei personaggi della Grecia antica

  • Dioscuri — /duy euh skyoor uy/, n.pl. Class. Myth. Castor and Pollux, the twin sons of Zeus and Leda. * * * or Castor and Pollux (from Greek dioskouroi, sons of Zeus ) Twin gods of ancient Greece and Rome. They aided shipwrecked sailors and accepted… …   Universalium

  • Dioscuri — Castor and Pollux, AV, REB; the twin brothers, NRSV; the Twins, NJB (Acts 28:11); the figurehead of the ship which took Paul to Rome. There were temples to the Dioscuri in Athens and in Rome, and they were held to be the protectors of travellers …   Dictionary of the Bible

  • Dioscuri — noun The twin brothers Castor and Pollux together …   Wiktionary

  • DIOSCURI —    The twin sons of Zeus and Leda, translated into Etruscan in the late sixth century as Tinas cliniiar, or separately in the fifth century as Castur and Pultuce. They appear separately or as pairs, wearing a hat, as a master or horses, or… …   Historical Dictionary of the Etruscans

  • DIOSCURI —    twin sons of Zeus, Castor and Pollux, a stalwart pair of youths, of the Doric stock, great the former as a horse breaker and the latter as a boxer; were worshipped at Sparta as guardians of the State, and pre eminently as patrons of… …   The Nuttall Encyclopaedia

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