Words at Play : Top 10 Words That Come from "Mother"

#9: Cassiope

Here we have another flower reference, which seems appropriate for Mother's Day.

Cassiope, a shrub with nodding white or pink flowers, is found in cold climates. These plants are named for Cassiopeia, the mythical queen of Ethiopia – whose motherly pride in her daughter, and herself, happened to get her in trouble.

Cassiopeia angered the sea god, Poseidon, by claiming that she and her daughter, Andromeda, were more beautiful than the sea-nymphs. As punishment, Poseidon placed her – upside-down, no less – high in the sky near the north pole, where the constellation Cassiopeia bears her name.

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