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ScriptsΔημητηρ Ancient Greek
PronouncedPron.DE-ME-TER Classical Greek
də-MEET-ər English

Meaning & History

Possibly means "earth mother", derived from Greek δα (da) "earth" and μητηρ (meter) "mother". In Greek mythology Demeter was the goddess of agriculture, the daughter of Cronus, the sister of Zeus, and the mother of Persephone. She was an important figure in the Eleusinian Mysteries, which were secret rites performed at Eleusis near Athens.
Other Languages & CulturesDemetria Ancient Greek Demetria English Demetra, Dimitra, Demi Greek Demetra Italian Demetra, Dumitra Romanian
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Statue of DemeterStatue of Demeter


agricultural deities, children of Cronus, consorts of Zeus, earth, goddesses, harvest goddesses, mother goddesses, mothers, Olympians, uncertain etymology
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