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

  • n. Greek Mythology Any of the nine daughters of Mnemosyne and Zeus, each of whom presided over a different art or science.
  • n. A guiding spirit.
  • n. A source of inspiration.
  • n. A poet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. One of the nine Ancient Greek deities of the arts.

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French, from Latin Mūsa, from Greek Mousa.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Musa. (Wiktionary)

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