noun \i-ˈlek-trə\

Definition of ELECTRA

:  a sister of Orestes who aids him in killing their mother Clytemnestra

Origin of ELECTRA

Latin, from Greek Ēlektra
First Known Use: 1580


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek legend, the daughter of Agamemnon and Clytemnestra. When Agamemnon was murdered by Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus, Electra saved her young brother Orestes from the same fate by sending him away. Orestes later returned, and Electra helped him kill their mother and Aegisthus. She then married her brother's friend Pylades. The story is treated in plays by Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides.


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