• WordNet 3.6
    • n Melpomene (Greek mythology) the Muse of tragedy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Melpomene (Astron) The eighteenth asteroid.
    • Melpomene (Class. Myth) The Muse of tragedy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n Melpomene In class. myth., originally, the Muse of song and musical harmony, looked upon later as the especial patroness of tragedy. She is generally represented as a young woman, bearing the tragic mask and often the club of Hercules, and with her head wreathed with vine-leaves in token of her relation with the dramatic deity, Bacchus.
    • n Melpomene A planetoid, the eighteenth in order of discovery, first observed by Professor Hind at London in 1852.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Melpomene mel-pom′e-ne the Muse of tragedy.
    • Melpomene of tragedy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. , lit., the songstress, fr. , , to sing
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. musa—Gr. mousa.


In literature:

Her looks were calm and nearly rigid, like a slightly animated bust of Melpomene.
"Far from the Madding Crowd" by Thomas Hardy
She was jealous of Melpomene.
"Zuleika Dobson" by Max Beerbohm
To the silent Melpomene, who can express all things with her looks!
"Thais" by Anatole France
In Germany, Melpomene has untutored admirers, some walking on stilts, others crawling in the mire, from the altars of the goddess.
"Old Fritz and the New Era" by Louise Muhlbach
She is a Venus, a Vesta, a Melpomene: come hither, Penelope; what's thy name, Iris?
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
At birth Melpomene marked him for her own.
"Horace and His Influence" by Grant Showerman
Of late she is so grave, that one might almost mistake her for her sister Melpomene.
"Dialogues of the Dead" by Lord Lyttelton
Melpomene's the most jealous of the Muses.
"The House by the Church-Yard" by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
Melpomene presided at this union, while Thalia blessed the nuptials of Goldoni.
"Sketches and Studies in Italy and Greece, Complete" by John Symonds
Afterwards came a few of the Muses, Thalia, Melpomene, and Terpsichore, famous for a charade or a proverb.
"Ixion In Heaven" by Benjamin Disraeli

In poetry:

Queen, that to mute lips could'st unite
The wild swan's dying melody!
Thy gifts, ah! how shall he requite -
The man thou lov'st, Melpomene?
"Ballade Of The Muse" by Andrew Lang
Come, then, Melpomene, why not admit me?
I want a wreath that is Delphic and green,
Seven, I think, is the size that will fit me--
Slip me some laurel to wear on my bean.
"The Monument Of Q.H.F." by Franklin Pierce Adams
Melpomene had given a Bond, By the new House alone to stand,
And write of War and Strife;
Thalia, she had taken Fees,
And Stipends from the Patentees,
And durst not for her Life.
"To Mr. F. Now Earl Of W" by Anne Kingsmill Finch
Assume, revered Melpomene, the proud estate I've won,
And, with thine own dear hand the meed supplying,
Bind thou about the forehead of thy celebrated son
The Delphic laurel-wreath of fame undying!
"Horace To Melpomene" by Eugene Field
"Of course we claim the shining fame of glorious Stonewall Jackson,
Who typifies the English race, a sterling Anglo-Saxon;
To bravest song his deeds belong, to Clio and Melpomene"--
(And why not for a British stream demand the Chickahominy?)
"England's Neutrality" by John Reuben Thompson

In news:

0 Researchers have sequenced the genome of Heliconius melpomene, whose bright wing pattern warns predators of its foul taste.
Researchers have sequenced the genome of Heliconius melpomene, whose bright wing pattern warns predators of its foul taste.
The butterfly Heliconius melpomene amaryllis received its distinctive wing pattern by cross-breeding with a close relative.