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1 a monocotyledonous genus of graceful palm trees in tropical America [syn: genus Euterpe]
2 (Greek mythology) the Muse of music (or the flute)

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  • /ju:ˈtɜ:.pi/, /jU"t3:.pI/

Proper noun

  1. A taxonomic genus, within subtribe Euterpeinae - the açai palms.

See also

  • See Wikipedia for species



From Greek ευτέρπη meaning pleasing, from εὖ (well) + τέρπειν terpein, (to delight, to please).

Proper noun

  1. The Muse of music and lyric poetry, specifically of flute playing, joy and pleasure.


the Muse of music and lyric poetry

Extensive Definition

250px|thumb|Euterpe and [[Urania. Detail from Pompeo Battoni, Apollo and the Two Muses.]]
In Greek mythology, Euterpe (, or in modern Greek and meaning "rejoicing well" or "delight" from ancient Greek εὖ (well) + τέρπειν terpein (to please)) was one of the Muses, the daughters of Mnemosyne, fathered by Zeus. Called the "Giver of delight", when later poets assigned roles to each of the Muses, she was the muse of music. In late Classical times she was named muse of lyric poetry and depicted holding a flute. A few say she invented the aulos or double-flute, though most mythographers credit Marsyas with its invention. The river god Strymon impregnated Euterpe; her son Rhesus led a band of Thracians and was killed by Diomedes at Troy, according to Homer's Iliad.
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Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Apollo, Apollo Musagetes, Bragi, Calliope, Castilian Spring, Clio, Erato, Helicon, Hippocrene, Melpomene, Muse, Orpheus, Parnassus, Pierian Spring, Pierides, Polyhymnia, 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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