• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Semele (Gr. Myth) A daughter of Cadmus, and by Zeus mother of Bacchus.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • Semele A Middle English form of semble.
    • n Semele In classical mythology, the mother of Bacchus, by Zeus (Jupiter).
    • n Semele In conchology, a genus of bivalves, regarded by some as typical of the family Semelidæ.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Semele sem′e-lē a genus of bivalves.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. Semelē, the mother of Bacchus.


In literature:

And is it to be supposed that Shakespear was too stupid or too modest not to see at last that it was a case of Jupiter and Semele?
"Dark Lady of the Sonnets" by George Bernard Shaw
Dionysus, like other Sun or Nature deities, was born of a Virgin (Semele or Demeter) untainted by any earthly husband; and born on the 25th.
"Pagan & Christian Creeds" by Edward Carpenter
Of ivy-tressed uproarious Dionysus I begin to sing, the splendid son of Zeus and renowned Semele.
"The Homeric Hymns A New Prose Translation; and Essays, Literary and Mythological" by Andrew Lang
Another comparison: Jupiter promises Semele, the Sun Phaeton, Cupid Psyche to grant whatever favour the other shall ask.
"Theodicy" by G. W. Leibniz
He had several children; among whom was a daughter Semele, esteemed the mother of Bacchus.
"A New System; or, an Analysis of Antient Mythology. Volume II. (of VI.)" by Jacob Bryant
Sed tu horum magnos vicisti sola furores, Vt semel es flavo conciliata viro.
"The Carmina of Caius Valerius Catullus" by Caius Valerius Catullus
Poor Semele among so many burned, Her own request to her own torment turned.
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
His daughters were four in number, Autonoe, Ino, Semele, and Agave.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Dionysos is the son of Zeus and a mortal mother, Semele.
"Christianity As A Mystical Fact" by Rudolf Steiner
In flames like Semele's, be brought to bed, While op'ning hell spouts wildfire at your head.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 58, Number 358, August 1845" by Various

In news:

Courtenay Semel and Tila Tequila dirty-danced together at a party in L.A.
Both Martin Crimp 's The City, in its US premiere at Son of Semele Ensemble, and How Obama Got His Groove Back, a musical farce by Nicholas Zill and Derek Jeremiah Reid at South Pasadena's Fremont Centre Theatre, aim t. Continued from page 1.
Noam Semel of the Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv brought its production of Boaz Gaon's play to Theater J (Astrid Riecken).
Tempestuous Hollywood lesbian Courtenay Semel, may soon be tempting Tinsley Mortimer on Tinsley's CW show, " High Society ".
Daughter of ex-Yahoo CEO Terry Semel and former lover of tragic Casey Johnson -- has been approached to star in Season 2.
It's Peter Whybrow, head of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior at UCLA.
Hollywood's Biggest Real Estate Deals of the Week: Will and Jada Pinkett Smith, Kate Middleton, Dennis Quaid, Terry Semel.
Critic's Picks: " Semele " at PLU, Coastal Native arts at TAM, Dvorak and J.S.
PLU opera workshop sings " Semele ".
' Semele ': An uncommon opera at PLU.
Semele ': PLU workshop gives audiences the chance to hear baroque opera and offers students the chance to work with an international director.
A disappointing 'Slipped Disc' at Son of Semele Theater.
Former Yahoo Inc chief executive Terry Semel and his wife, Jane, have put their Malibu home up for sale at $50 million.
Critic's Picks: "Semele" at PLU, Coastal Native arts at TAM, Dvorak and J.S.
PLU opera workshop sings "Semele".

In science:

In 1995 together with Jan Stenflo and Sami Solanki it was decided to develop a two beams exchange polarimeter (Fig. 1) similar to the one used by Semel, Donati, & Rees (1993) for stellar observations.
Observing the Second Solar Spectrum at IRSOL
Thus, from a timeseries of circularly polarised spectra sampling the stellar rotation cycle, Zeeman-Doppler Imaging can perform a maximum entropy reconstruction of the vector magnetic field distribution at the surface of the star (Semel 1989, Donati & Brown 1997).
Exploring the magnetic topologies of cool stars