noun \pig-ˈmāl-yən, -ˈmā-lē-ən\

Definition of PYGMALION

:  a king of Cyprus who makes a female figure of ivory that is brought to life for him by Aphrodite


Latin, from Greek Pygmaliōn
First Known Use: 14th century

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek mythology, a king of Cyprus who fell in love with a statue of Aphrodite. The goddess took pity on him and brought the statue to life, and he married her. In some versions of the myth Pygmalion was a sculptor who carved the statue himself because he was disgusted with the faults of ordinary women, and when it was brought to life he gave it the name Galatea.


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