Pegasus


Peg·a·sus

noun \ˈpe-gə-səs\

Definition of PEGASUS

1
:  a winged horse that causes the stream Hippocrene to spring from Mount Helicon with a blow of his hoof
2
archaic :  poetic inspiration
3
:  a northern constellation near the vernal equinoctial point

Origin of PEGASUS

Latin (genitive Pegasi), from Greek Pēgasos
First Known Use: 14th century

Pegasus

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, a winged horse. It sprang from the blood of Medusa as she was beheaded by Perseus. Bellerophon captured Pegasus and rode him in several of his exploits, including his fight with the Chimera, but when he tried to ride the winged horse to heaven he was unseated and killed, and Pegasus was placed in the sky as a constellation. The flight of Pegasus is often regarded as a symbol of poetic inspiration.

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