Usage Greek Mythology
Scripts Αίγη(Ancient Greek)
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Meaning & History
In Greek mythology, she nursed Zeus (when Rhea gave Cronus a stone to swallow instead of the new-born Zeus). She is sometimes a woman, sometimes a nymph, and sometimes the daughter of gods. Her name is either connected with the Ancient Greek αίξ, which signifies a "goat", or with άιξ, a "gale of wind"; and this circumstance has led some critics to consider the myth about her as made up of two distinct ones, one being of an astronomical nature and derived from the constellation Capella, the rise of which brings storms and tempests, and the other referring to the goat which was believed to have suckled the infant Zeus in Crete.