MEDUSA
GENDER: Feminine
OTHER SCRIPTS: Μεδουσα (Ancient Greek)
PRONOUNCED: mə-DOO-sə (English)   [key]
Meaning & History
From the Greek Μεδουσα (Medousa), which was derived from μεδομαι (medomai) meaning "to plan, to contrive". In Greek myth this was the name of one of the three Gorgons, ugly women who had snakes for hair. She was so hideous that anyone who gazed upon her was turned to stone, so the hero Perseus had to look using the reflection in his shield in order to slay her.
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