noun \ˈga-ni-ˌmēd\

Definition of GANYMEDE

:  a beautiful youth in classical mythology carried off to Olympus to be the cupbearer of the gods

Origin of GANYMEDE

Latin Ganymedes, from Greek Ganymēdēs
First Known Use: 1565


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Ganymede and Zeus in the form of an eagle, antique marble statue; in the Vatican Museum—Anderson—Alinari/Art Resource, New York

In Greek legend, the son of King Tros (or Laomedon) of Troy. Because of his unusual beauty, he was carried off by Zeus disguised as an eagle, and he became cupbearer to the gods. Other versions of the legend trace his abduction to other gods or to King Minos of Crete. The story has long been held to have homosexual implications, and the word catamite is derived from his Latin name, Catamitus.


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