: 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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1640, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Dioscuri was in 1640

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“Dioscuri.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Dioscuri. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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