Usage Greek Mythology
Other Forms FormsAdamantea, Adamanteia
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Contributor Contrib.LMS on 10/14/2007
Possibly derived from ancient Greek ἀδάμας (adamas) “invincible, untameable” (composed of the elements ἀ (a) “not” and δαμάζω (damazo) “I tame”). In Greek myth, she was the nymph who nursed Zeus (when Rhea gave Cronus a stone to swallow instead of the new-born Zeus). Cronus was supposedly able to see everything that occurred in the realms over which he had dominion (the earth, heavens, and the sea), but Adamanthea deceived him by hanging the baby Zeus (in his cradle) from a tree, so that suspended between earth, sea, and sky he was invisible to his father. There are MANY versions of this story and the nurse has a different name in each: Ida, Adrasteia, Neda, Helice, Aega, Cynosura.Related etymologically to Adamantia and Adamantini.