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

  • n. The satellite of Uranus that is seventh in distance from the planet.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the subfamily Spartaeinae — jumping spiders that prey on other spiders.
  • proper n. A female given name.
  • proper n. The seventh satellite of the planet Uranus.


After Portia, rich heiress in The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin Porcius ("a surname"), from porcus ("pig"). The moon is named for the character in The Merchant of Venice. (Wiktionary)



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