Dioscuri

plural noun
Di·​os·​cu·​ri | \ ˌdī-ə-ˈskyu̇r-ˌī How to pronounce Dioscuri (audio) , dī-ˈä-skyə-ˌrī How to pronounce Dioscuri (audio) \

Definition of Dioscuri

: the twins Castor and Pollux reunited as stars in the sky by Zeus after Castor's death and regarded as patrons of athletes and sailors

First Known Use of Dioscuri

1640, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Dioscuri

New Latin, from Greek Dioskouroi, literally, sons of Zeus, from Dios (genitive of Zeus; akin to Latin divus divine) + kouroi, plural of kouros, koros boy — more at deity, crescent

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“Dioscuri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dioscuri. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

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