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Meduʹsa

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Chief of the Gorgons. Her head was cut off by Perseus (2 syl.), and Minerva placed it in her ægis. Everyone who looked on this head was instantly changed into stone.

⁂ The tale is that Medusa, famous for her hair, presumed to set her beauty above that of Minerva; so the jealous goddess converted her rival’s hair into snakes, which changed to stone anyone who looked thereon.

The most famous painting of Medusa is by Leonardo da Vinci; it is called his ehef dʹœuvre.

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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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Median Apples
Median Stone (The)
Medicine
Medicinal Days
Medicinal Hours
Medina
Mediterranean (Key of the)
Medium (A)
Medora
Medoro (in Orlando Furioso)
Medusa
Meerschaum
Meg
Meg Dods
Meg Merrilies (in Sir W. Scott’s Guy Mannering)
Megarian School
Megarians (The)
Megatherium (Greek, great-beast)
Megrims
Meigle (in Strathmore)
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