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

  • n. Greek Mythology A king of Crete, the son of Zeus and Europa, who was made one of the three judges in the underworld after his death.

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  • proper n. The mythical king of Crete and the son of Zeus and Europa.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • proper n. A king and lawgiver of Crete, fabled to be the son of Jupiter and Europa. After death he was made a judge in the Lower Regions.

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

  • n. son of Zeus and Europa; king of ancient Crete; ordered Daedalus to build the labyrinth; after death Minos became a judge in the underworld

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek Μίνως (Mīnōs). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • There is a passage of Homer very pertinent to this purpose, in which he calls Minos [Greek text], which, as Plato interprets it, signifies THE DISCIPLE AND COMPANION

    Essays and Miscellanies

  • I called Minos at the DEA in Lafayette and told him to meet me there.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • The maternal Minos is not to be appeased, and the appointed month of penance has duly to be endured: –

    Maria Edgeworth

  • The suggestion has been made, with great probability, that the name Minos is not so much the name of a single person as the title of a race of kings.

    The Sea-Kings of Crete

  • At noon I called Minos Dautrieve at the DEA in Lafayette.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • I gassed up the truck at the dock, then as an afterthought I went inside the bait shop, sat at the wooden counter with a Dr Pepper, and called Minos P.

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • “If he comes around again, call Minos Dautrieve at the Drug Enforcement Administration or call me at this number.”

    Heaven’s Prisoners

  • Dr. Ellis noted that a similar experiment was reported by a collaboration known as Minos in 2007 on neutrinos created at Fermilab in Illinois and beamed through the Earth to the Soudan Mine in Minnesota.

    NYT > Home Page

  • An earlier measurement of neutrino speeds was performed by a collaboration known as Minos, for

    NYT > Home Page

  • A shock went through me, such as Minos 'bull-mask had not struck into my flesh.

    The King Must Die

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