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Cassiopeʹia [the lady in the chair]

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The chief stars of this constellation form the outline of a chair. The lady referred to is the wife of Ceʹpheus (2 syl.), King of Ethiopia. She boasted that the beauty of her daughter Andromĕda surpassed that of the sea-nymphs. The sea-nymphs complained to the sea god of this affront, and Andromeda, to appease their wrath, was chained to a rock to be devoured by sea-monsters. Perseus (2 syl.) delivered her, and made her his wife. The vain mother was taken to heaven out of the way, and placed among the stars.

That starred Ethiop queen that strove

To set her beauty’s praise above

The sea-nymphs and their powers offended.”


Milton: Il Penseroso

N.B.—“Her beauty’s praise” means that of her beautiful daughter. Andromèda was her mother’s “beauty.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Case-hardened
Cashier
Casino
Casket Homer
Caspar
Cassandra
Cassation
Cassi
Cassibelan
Cassio (in Shakespeare’s Othello)
Cassiopeia [the lady in the chair]
Cassiterides
Cast About (To)
Cast Accounts (To)
Cast Anchor (To)
Cast Aside (To)
Cast Down
Cast a Sheep’s Eye at One (To)
Cast beyond the Moon
Cast in One’s Lot (To)
Cast into One’s Teeth (To)

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Cassiope`ia