noun Etymology: Latin, from Greek Iokastē Date: 15th century a queen of Thebes who marries Oedipus not knowing that he is her son

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  • Jocasta — f English: name borne in classical legend by the mother of Oedipus, King of Thebes. As the result of a series of misunderstandings, she also became his wife and the mother of his children. The derivation of her name is not known. In spite of its… …   First names dictionary

  • JOCASTA — Oedipi mater, filia Creontis Thebanorum Regis, uxor Laii, quae post mariti necem Oedipo filio imprudens nupsit, ex quo Ereoclem et Polynicen genuit; qui cum se mutuis vulneribus confecissent, ipsa quoque sibi manus intulit. Vide Srat. l. 2. Theb …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • Jocasta — [jō kas′tə] n. [L < Gr Iokastē] Gr. Myth. the queen who unwittingly marries her own son, Oedipus, and kills herself when she finds out …   English World dictionary

  • Jocasta — In Greek mythology, Jocasta, also known as Jocaste ( el. Iοκαστη) or Epikastê [Homer, Odyssey XI.271 290.] was a daughter of Menoeceus and Queen consort of Thebes, Greece. She was the wife of Laius. Mother of Oedipus by Laius, and mother of… …   Wikipedia

  • Jocasta — /joh kas teuh/, n. 1. Class. Myth. a queen of Thebes, the wife of Laius and the mother, later the wife, of Oedipus, by whom she bore Eteocles, Polynices, and Antigone: called Epicaste by Homer. 2. a female given name. Also, Jocaste. * * * …   Universalium

  • Jocasta — noun The mother and wife of Oedipus …   Wiktionary

  • Jocasta — n. (Greek Mythology) queen of Thebes who married Oedipus not knowing that he is her son …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Jocasta — Jo•cas•ta [[t]dʒoʊˈkæs tə[/t]] n. myt a legendary queen of Thebes who was both the mother and wife of Oedipus …   From formal English to slang

  • Jocasta — /dʒoʊˈkæstə/ (say joh kastuh) noun Greek Legend the mother, and later the wife, of Oedipus …   Australian English dictionary

  • Jocasta — noun (Greek mythology) queen of Thebes who unknowingly married her own son Oedipus • Topics: ↑Greek mythology • Instance Hypernyms: ↑mythical being …   Useful english dictionary

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