noun \ˈjē-ə\

Definition of GAEA

:  the Greek earth goddess and mother of the Titans

Origin of GAEA

Greek Gaia
First Known Use: 1833

Rhymes with GAEA


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Gaea, terra-cotta statuette from Tanagra, Greece; in the Musée Borély, Marseille.—Giraudon/Art Resource, New York

Greek goddess of the earth. She was both mother and wife to Uranus, or Heaven, from whom she was separated by her son Cronus, a Titan. According to Hesiod, she was the mother of all 12 Titans, as well as of the Furies and the Cyclopes (see Cyclops). She may have originated as a mother goddess worshiped in pre-Hellenic Greece before the introduction of the cult of Zeus.


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