Definitions

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

  • n. Greek Mythology The goddess of the harvest, daughter of Rhea and Cronus and mother of Persephone.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The goddess of the fertility of the Earth and harvests, protector of marriage and social order; daughter of Cronos and Rhea, mother to Persephone

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In anc. Gr. myth., the goddess of vegetation and of useful fruits, protectress of social order and of marriage; one of the great Olympian deities.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) goddess of fertility and protector of marriage in ancient mythology; counterpart of Roman Ceres

Etymologies

Greek Dēmētēr; see māter- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Δημήτηρ (Dēmētēr), from γῆ (gē) + μήτηρ (mētēr). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Demeter is this year's ripe crop and Persephone, the seed-corn taken from the parent.

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  • Demeter is the sister of zeus closely linked with gaia and she is also known as mother earth! holy frak!!

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  • What we do know as fact is that the Demeter was the name of the ship that went to Whitby in the novel pictured above and it was the cargo ship that allowed the vampire to arrive in England where he killed off all the crew as the ship crashed into the rocks at Whitby.

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  • This priest, they say, with his eyes bound up is led by two wolves to the temple of Demeter, which is distant from the city twenty furlongs, and then afterwards the wolves lead him back again from the temple to the same spot.

    An Account of Egypt: Being the Second Book of His Histories Called Euterpe. Paras. 40-59

  • Then Daphne raised her face to his, asking, "So the Demeter is the work of Myrtilus?"

    Arachne — Volume 07

  • Ledscha's large black eyes dilated as if some hideous spectre was rising from the ground before her, while she heard that the Demeter was the work of Myrtilus and not his; that his friend's legacy had long since ceased to belong to him, and that he was again as poor as when he was in Tennis during the time of their love.

    Arachne — Volume 08

  • Ledscha's large black eyes dilated as if some hideous spectre was rising from the ground before her, while she heard that the Demeter was the work of Myrtilus and not his; that his friend's legacy had long since ceased to belong to him, and that he was again as poor as when he was in

    Arachne — Complete

  • If Professor Blackie will refer to Pausanias himself, he will find that the Arcadians assigned a very different cause to the anger of Demeter, which is supposed to have led to the formation of her new name Erinys.

    Chips From A German Workshop, Vol. V. Miscellaneous Later Essays

  • What we do know as fact is that the Demeter was the name of the ship that went to Whitby in the novel (pictured above) and it was the cargo ship that allowed the vampire to arrive in England where he killed off all the crew as the ship crashed into the rocks at Whitby.

    Obsessed With Film

  • Now, the big wineries and the Spanish Wine Federation are looking into a project, called Demeter, aimed at "gathering the knowledge necessary to face the challenge of climate change."

    Peak Oil News

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