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Terpsichore


Terpsichore is usually depicted sitting down and holding a lyre.
  Greek mythology:  the Muse of the dance and of choral song
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Zeus is said to have had 9 daughters, each of whom is a Muse (a kind of goddess in charge) of an art or science.
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  • Terpsichore is usually depicted sitting down and holding a lyre.
  • You must call her your Terpsichore, your Echo, your Clytemnestra.
    Neil Gaiman  --  The Graveyard Book
  • Ralph was sitting there in the clear gloom, at the base of a statue of Terpsichore—a dancing nymph with taper fingers and inflated draperies in the manner of Bernini; the extreme relaxation of his attitude suggested at first to Isabel that he was asleep.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • Even the delights of dancing paled before the alluring opportunities for tete-a-tetes that invited the soul to loaf in the long library before the baronial fireplace, or in the drawing-room with its deep comfy armchairs, its shaded lamps just made for a sly whisper of pretty nothings all a deux; or even in the billiard room where one could take a cue and show a prowess at still another game than that sponsored by Cupid and Terpsichore.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt

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  • Ralph was sitting there in the clear gloom, at the base of a statue of Terpsichore—a dancing nymph with taper fingers and inflated draperies in the manner of Bernini; the extreme relaxation of his attitude suggested at first to Isabel that he was asleep.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 2
  • They were Clio the muse of history, Euterpe of music, especially the flute, Thalia of comedy, Melpomene of tragedy, Terpsichore of dancing, Erato of erotic poetry, mistress of the lyre, Polyhymnia of sacred poetry, Urania of astronomy, Calliope of eloquence and epic poetry.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson  --  Selected Essays
  • Among the votaries of TERPSICHORE, who disported themselves until Sol gave warning for departure, Wilkins Micawber, Esquire, Junior, and the lovely and accomplished Miss Helena, fourth daughter of Doctor Mell, were particularly remarkable.’
    Charles Dickens  --  David Copperfield
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Associated words [difficulty]:   Terpsichore [9] , Calliope [7] , Thalia [7] , Clio [8] , Euterpe [9] , Melpomene [9]
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