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

  • n. Greek Mythology A queen of Sparta and the mother, by Zeus in the form of a swan, of Helen and Pollux and, by her husband Tyndareus, of Castor and Clytemnestra.
  • n. The satellite of Jupiter that is ninth in distance from the planet.

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  • proper n. The wife of Tyndareus and mother of Helen, Clytemnestra and Castor and Pollux hatched from eggs as a result of a seduction by Zeus in the guise of a swan

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth., the wife of Tyndareus, king of Sparta, and mother of Clytæmnestra, Helen, Castor, and Pollux.
  • n. In zoology:
  • n. The typical genus of Ledidæ.
  • n. A spurious genus of spiders.
  • n. A genus of amphipod crustaceans.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) a queen of Sparta who was raped by Zeus who had taken the form of a swan; Helen of Troy was conceived in the rape of Leda

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Examples

  • "Leda" is still one of my all-time favorite Rickert stories because, with its multiple POVs and formats, it displays the full range of her voice and her deftness in turning from sharp humor to pathos on a dime.

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  • 'And why Leda?' said I. 'Because Leda sounds something like Clodagh,' says she, 'and you are al-leady in the habit of calling me Clodagh; and I saw the name Leda in

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  • To help, Islamic Relief asked for 20 acres to build a site called Leda, in order to rehouse the 10,000 refugees.

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  • Months earlier a woman named Adele Richardson, aka Leda, had written in.

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  • My instinct is probably the same as yours, Leda, which is that, you know, this woman, we don't know what she's been going through.

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  • The Leda was a Norwegian steamer that would sail weekly from Oslo to Newcastle and back again across the cold North Sea, plying the same route as the old Vikings.

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  • The story [21] entitled Leda is again typical of Loeben.

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  • Deadly or disruptive landslides involving the clay, sometimes known as Leda clay, take place occasionally in Quebec and eastern Ontario.

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  • But while you have the chance, check out the Thomas Canty cover for M. Rickert's story "Leda" in the same issue.

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  • The "Leda" of Leonardo, repainted from motives of prudery by the great-grandfather of Louis-Philippe, was bought at the sale of that ex-king's pictures in Paris, in 1849, for thirty dollars, restored to its primitive condition, and sold, we are informed, for one hundred thousand francs.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 06, No. 37, November, 1860

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