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Polyhymnia n : (Greek mythology) the Muse of singing and mime and sacred dance

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Etymology

From the Greek poly, (many) + hymn(os), (song in praise of gods) + -ia, (common feminine ending)

Proper noun

Polyhymnia
  1. The Muse of sacred music.

Extensive Definition

Polyhymnia ("the one of many hymns" /pɒlɪ'hɪmniə/), in Greek mythology, was the Muse of sacred-poetry, sacred hymn and eloquence as well as muse of agriculture and pantomime. She is also known as the Muse of Mime. A very serious woman, pensive and meditative often depicted holding a finger to her mouth, dressed in a long cloak and veil and resting her elbow on a pillar. She brings fame to writers whose works have won them immortal fame. Polyhymnia is also sometimes accredited as being the muse of geometry, mime, meditation, and agriculture. There is a Polymnia Street in New Orleans, between Euterpe and Urania Streets.

Literary Appearances

Dante's Divine Comedy: Paradiso. Canto XXIII, line 56.

External Links

Polyhymnia in Arabic: بوليهيمنيا
Polyhymnia in Bosnian: Polihimnija
Polyhymnia in Breton: Polymnia
Polyhymnia in Bulgarian: Полихимния
Polyhymnia in Catalan: Polímnia
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Polyhymnia in Modern Greek (1453-): Πολυμνία
Polyhymnia in Spanish: Polimnia
Polyhymnia in Esperanto: Polimnio
Polyhymnia in French: Polymnie
Polyhymnia in Korean: 폴리힘니아
Polyhymnia in Croatian: Polihimnija
Polyhymnia in Italian: Polimnia
Polyhymnia in Hebrew: פוליהימניה
Polyhymnia in Latin: Polyhymnia
Polyhymnia in Luxembourgish: Polyhymnia
Polyhymnia in Lithuanian: Polymnija
Polyhymnia in Hungarian: Polühümnia
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Polyhymnia in Japanese: ポリュムニアー
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Polyhymnia in Polish: Polihymnia
Polyhymnia in Portuguese: Polímnia
Polyhymnia in Romanian: Polyhymnia
Polyhymnia in Russian: Полигимния
Polyhymnia in Slovak: Polymnia
Polyhymnia in Slovenian: Polihimnija
Polyhymnia in Serbian: Полихимнија
Polyhymnia in Serbo-Croatian: Polihimnija
Polyhymnia in Finnish: Polyhymnia
Polyhymnia in Swedish: Polyhymnia
Polyhymnia in Turkish: Polymnia
Polyhymnia in Ukrainian: Полігімнія
Polyhymnia in Chinese: 波吕许谟尼亚

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Apollo, Apollo Musagetes, Bragi, Calliope, Castilian Spring, Clio, Erato, Euterpe, Helicon, Hippocrene, Melpomene, Muse, Orpheus, Parnassus, Pierian Spring, Pierides, Polymnia, Terpsichore, Thalia, afflatus, artistic imagination, conception, creative imagination, creative power, creative thought, esemplastic imagination, esemplastic power, fire of genius, genius, inspiration, muse, mythicization, mythification, mythopoeia, poesy, poetic genius, poetic imagination, sacred Nine, shaping imagination, the Muses, the Nine, tuneful Nine
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