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 (pĭg-māl′yən, -mā′lē-ən)
n. Greek Mythology
A king of Cyprus who carved and then fell in love with a statue of a woman, which Aphrodite brought to life as Galatea.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth a king of Cyprus, who fell in love with the statue of a woman he had sculpted and which his prayers brought to life as Galatea


(pɪgˈmeɪ li ən, -ˈmeɪl yən)

(in classical myth) a sculptor who fell in love with the ivory statue of a woman that he had carved. Compare Galatea.
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Noun1.Pygmalion - (Greek mythology) a king who created a statue of a woman and fell in love with itPygmalion - (Greek mythology) a king who created a statue of a woman and fell in love with it; Aphrodite brought the sculpture to life as Galatea
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While Obeso's poetic work, as seen in Cantos, is entirely written in various popular, non-standard, dialects of Spanish (see below), his narrative works (including, but not limited to, the novel Lafamilia Pigmalion (Pigmalion family), and a playwright, Secundino el zapatero (Secundino, the shoemaker), are entirely written in standard Spanish.